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Sourcebook for Cultivated Living

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    Entryway lighting, meet your new best friend: house numbers. Whether they’re powered by LED or incandescent bulbs, lighted address plaques will beckon visitors into a warm glow at night. Here are 10 lighted house number sets and address plaques to consider: See more of this collection at Object of Desire: Housenumber Sconce from Belgium. Want […]

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    At Remodelista, “spring refresh” is an oxymoron. See five of the editors’ favorite stylish (and budget-friendly) ideas to refresh the interior design of a home: Stylish Hardware Hooks Julie writes “our first post ever on the HGTV Fixer Upper phenoms Joanna and Chip Gaines: We recently spotted some nice-looking hardware at Target and were interested to learn […]

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    A new patio project can be daunting. If you’re thinking of adding a patio to your backyard or garden, you probably have a few questions. To get some answers, we talked to landscape architect Bay Area-based Pete Pedersen, whose company, Pedersen Associates, has been based in Marin County since 1983 (and is a member of the Gardenista […]

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    Among the items on our (increasingly busy) spring garden calendars: a New York plant pop-up, a California succulents sale, and a festival dedicated to trilliums. Here’s a glimpse. What’s your favorite detail in this spring kitchen? Tell us before May 31 for a chance to win $20,000 from Remodelista, plus $5,000 to use toward tile […]

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    String of Pearls: Senecio rowleyanus The succulent string of pearls, with its small green bubbles along a slender stem, recalls the plastic pop-apart beads of childhood dress-up bins. It can’t help its quirkiness. Read on for everything you need to know about this slightly offbeat succulent. Also known as “string of beads” or “rosary,” this […]

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    Small space, infinite possibilities. Behind every city townhouse lies a garden. Some are long and narrow, others short and squat. No matter the size, a well-designed garden is an oasis in a city (especially in August.) Welcome to Throwback Sunday: Readers’ Favorite Posts from the Past Here are 10 classic layouts to accommodate dining, lounging, and play […]

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    One morning in 1854, after “thundering into New Orleans” on  a riverboat, Frederick Law Olmsted had a bath and breakfast at his hotel and then wandered onto an intoxicating scene: “I was delighted when I reached the old Place d’Armes, now a public garden, bright with orange and lemon trees, and roses, and myrtles, and […]

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    Recently an email landed in our inbox with only one line: “Revolutionary terra cotta pots suitable for indoor use.” It got our attention: While we love the look of terra cotta (it’s the linen of the garden: timeless, and even better when imperfect), we call it classic, not revolutionary. But it turns out that the […]

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  • 05/07/18--03:00: Gardening 101: Wood Anemones
  • Wood Anemone, A. nemorosa: “Gladed Windflower” “The wood anemone is so often seen in the woods that there is rarely need to grow it,” wrote the wild-gardening plantsman William Robinson in 1883. A rare exception, he noted, was the pale blue Anemone nemorosa ‘Robinsoniana’. Both originally from Ireland, the flower and the man were reunited in […]

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    Driveways are a great improvement over the rutted dirt paths that in centuries past connected houses to public roads. Modern-day suburbia has landscape architects to thank for the invention of the smooth, graded “approaches” that began to appear in the United States in the 19th century. In the early 1840s, Hudson Valley landscape designer Andrew […]

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    We like the idea of a multi-tasking outdoor lamp that goes anywhere: the garden, the park, the beach, and back indoors. Here are our picks for portable, rechargeable, and versatile outdoor LED lanterns. For more lighting ideas, see our posts: Everything You Need to Know About Outdoor Lighting Hardscaping 101: Smart Outdoor Lights Hardscaping 101: […]

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  • 05/08/18--03:00: Gardening 101: Skimmia
  • Skimmia, Skimmia: “Jeeves of Plants” It’s a steadfast evergreen shrub, undemanding and dependable. Often brought out in winter for seasonal displays, skimmia is then wheeled away again. This is a pity because the ultra discreet skimmia is only then preparing for its best moment—spring. When the winter-long flower buds finally open, you might not notice […]

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    Though he’s a landscape architect known for designing gardens to complement large houses, Australia-based William Dangar often gets to work with only a little land. Time and again, he says, “the structure takes up all the space and the landscaping becomes mere ‘icing’ around the edges.” When Dangar and his family built their own home near Sydney’s Bondi […]

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    If browsing for houseplants at Leaf feels like shopping inside a Parisian greenhouse, it’s no coincidence. Architects Hélène Pinaud and Julien Schwartzmann of Heju Studio, who designed the 700-square-foot interiors of the new houseplant shop in the 10th arrondissement, created “walls” with the aid of translucent polycarbonate panels typically found in greenhouses. When owner Axelle Duflot first saw the […]

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    If you’re lucky enough to have a garden in a big city, you learn to accept the fact that while you’re out there, you’re in full view of everyone whose windows overlook your yard. Hanging an awning over your entire backyard or planting a tree big enough to screen everything isn’t a good option, since […]

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    New York-based ceramist (and florist) Aviva Rowley creates Wet Vessels: vases, planters, and pots with moody, gun-metal glazes. But be warned: each piece is one of a kind, so when it’s sold, it’s gone. Read on to see some of our favorites … and a peek at a new collection Rowley is working on with […]

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    The best cottage gardens look like they planted themselves. They didn’t, of course. But the design principles they follow are simple. The English invented the cottage garden, probably in the 1400s when even the humblest plots of land were pressed into service to produce food for families. Every inch of earth counted–with herbs, fruit trees, […]

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    Middle-age sag is the sort of universal problem that even afflicts garden gates. Lucky gates, though—for them there’s an easy fix. Metal braces, brackets, and anti-sag hardware can improve posture instantly for gates, returning them to their younger, stronger selves. What’s the best fix for your sagging gate? It depends on a gate’s height, width, and […]

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  • 05/10/18--03:00: Gardening 101: Daphne
  • Daphne, Daphne: “Pleasantly Spicy” The scent of Daphne precedes it, like the reputation of Daphne, the wood nymph. In Greek mythology, she was so appalled by the lechery of Apollo that she became a tree, and stopped him in his tracks. Daphne the shrub does not always behave as expected either. Photography by Britt Willoughby Dyer for Gardenista. A modest […]

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    There is a kind of cult around Fritillaria meleagris—the snake’s head fritillary—to do with its looks and its name and the fact that the kind of garden in which it thrives is not necessarily the kind of garden you’d like to have. Ideally, everything would be underwater for at least part of the winter. Fritillaries look […]

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