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Sourcebook for Cultivated Living

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  • 04/26/18--01:00: Gardening 101: Yuccas
  • Yucca: “Striking Sword” With more than 50 different species of Yucca, these shrubs hold their own as distinctive and striking evergreen landscape elements. Native to the southwestern United States, Yuccas are arid-loving, evergreen succulents. Their sword-like leaves and stature add a bold look to most landscapes, and especially complement modern landscapes and xeriscapes. Many other plants resemble and can […]

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    If you would like to avoid paving paradise to put up a parking lot, as Joni Mitchell put it, grass block pavers can be a greener choice to surface a driveway, patio, or path. Grass block pavers create an environmentally friendly surface which helps drainage, prevents erosion, and provides a sturdy base for turf grass […]

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    One spring evening in 2015, graphic designer Samuel Zeller got off a train one stop early after a bad day at work in Geneva and visited a botanical garden with a camera. He was not a keen horticulturalist but in the time he spent amongst the glasshouses he reawakened a childhood passion for nature, which […]

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    No need undertake a gut renovation to refresh your home. From small-scale remodel projects (such as adding a screened porch or installing crown molding) to micro-upgrades as simple as adding a colorful rag rug in the kitchen, the Remodelista editors this week rounded up their favorite ways to add instant style: Screened Porch See more […]

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    After visiting a place where magnolias grow luxuriantly (like Cornwall in England), it is natural that on arriving home, the idea of growing one takes hold. Not the usual saucer magnolia (M. x soulangeana), but hybrids that are less neat, and more strange, in clotted cream yellow or the deep pink of a silk kimono. This is a family in which […]

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    This weekend, as we head into May: flower arranging workshops and a gin distilled from Edinburgh’s botanical garden, plus Brooklyn’s big event. Here’s your weekend reading. Going on this weekend: Understory, the garden fair and plant sale today and tomorrow in Brooklyn. Look for appearances by Gardenista favorites: a plant sale by Saipua, plants from Tula House, plus […]

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    Thank you flowering trees, for alerting us to the fact that it is definitely spring. We might have missed that development if not for the sudden, glorious explosion of pink and white and purply-tinged blossoms. What is the prettiest flowering tree? If your answer is “cherry tree,” you are in luck—it’s the high season. If you’re […]

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    It’s impossible not to be seduced by the drama and scale of meadow and prairie planting and James Hitchmough, professor at Sheffield University in the UK, has worked on some of the most magical projects. Along with his colleague, Nigel Dunnett, he was in charge of the design and planting of an astounding 100,000 square […]

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    Midcentury modern garden design evolved alongside the breathless optimism of America’s suburbs. In those post-war decades, the prospects of having greater prosperity and more leisure time seemed as inevitable as buying molded plastic chairs for the patio. A central tenet of midcentury modern landscape design:  “Gardens were to be lived in, not looked at. Outdoor […]

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    New from Hasami Porcelain, one of our favorite purveyors of Japanese ceramics: planters in two sizes and three colors, each made in Japan of a mix of porcelain and earth-colored clay. Hasami has been in business for nearly a decade, under the creative direction of Tortoise General Store founder Takuhiro Shinomoto. The brand launched with a […]

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  • 04/30/18--03:00: Gardening 101: Trilliums
  • Trillium, Trillium: “Jewels of the Spring” With their exotic-looking blooms, it is easy to see why trilliums are one of America’s most prized wildflowers. Alas, due to habitat destruction and poaching, it’s quite rare to see these striking natives in the wild anymore. Furthermore, gardeners wishing to propagate these spring-time jewels are often frustrated by […]

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    As if the soft serve ice cream cones ($1) weren’t enough to lure me into braving the crowds at my nearest Ikea store? Ikea’s newest collection of outdoor furnishings, plant pots, and accessories for summer 2018 includes new products to create an instantly stylish outdoor living or dining space. Here are 10 of our favorites: […]

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    Illuminated pavers sit flush with the surface of a driveway or path, discreetly hiding their powers until the sun goes down. Unlike bollards or landscape lights on poles, illuminated pavers light up the darkness without intruding into the visual plane of the landscape. Many, including the Cambridge SolaGlo Pavers shown above (see Cambridge Pavers for […]

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    Thinking of embarking on a remodel this spring (or anytime for that matter?). We want to help. Our mission has always been to provide remodeling inspiration, ideas, and advice, and now we’ve partnered with our friends at Fireclay Tile to give away $20,000, plus $5,000 to use toward tile from Fireclay Tile. To enter, follow the […]

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    Outdoor lighting should be dramatic without being overly theatrical. To create elegant illumination in a landscape, consider all the tools at your disposal—from stairway riser lights to underwater spotlights, to hanging cage lanterns (which can remind you of a candlelit-chandelier, hanging above a dining table). For inspiration, we’ve rounded up seven of our favorite landscapes […]

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    The San Isidro neighborhood of Buenos Aires is filled with old stone houses, neo-Gothic churches, cobblestone streets, and lush greenery. Huge magnolia and jacaranda trees live happily next to tropical palms, and climbing roses cover stone walls. It’s a bit grand, a bit rundown, and loaded with South American charm. This is where my aunt and uncle have raised their family. More than […]

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  • 05/02/18--03:00: Gardening 101: Cherry Laurel
  • Cherry Laurel, Prunus laurocerasus: Common Laurel Cherry laurel is a handsome evergreen shrub that will tolerate shade and produces dainty white sweet-smelling flowers in spring. It is fast-growing and lures birds with its cherry-like red fruits, which turn black in maturity. Certainly this plant can be an attractive and useful addition to the landscape, but […]

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    As the world’s most famous botanical garden, Kew is an awe-inspiring place to visit with vast glasshouses (the newly restored Temperate House which was originally built over four decades, opening in 1863, covers 4,880 square meters) and incredible collections. It oversees the biggest and most diverse collection of plants on the planet. It’s not only […]

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  • 05/03/18--01:00: Gardening 101: Tree Heather
  • Tree Heather, Erica arborea: “The Heather Giant” If heather makes you think of rockeries from the 1970s, tree heather is a revelation. It is graceful, mysterious, show-stopping: all the things that heather isn’t. A hardy evergreen, tree heather prefers acid soil and can withstand some exposure. On the edge of a garden, you might not […]

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    The wild red poppies of Europe (Papaver rhoeas) have symbolized remembrance for soldiers since World War I when poet John McCrae wrote In Flanders Field, describing a landscape where “the poppies blow, Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky, The larks, still bravely singing, fly, Scarce heard amid the guns below.” […]

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