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Sourcebook for Cultivated Living

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    Retaining walls are the unsung heroes in many a landscape. On a slope, they prevent erosion, control rainwater runoff, and create terraced levels for patios and garden beds. In an ideal world, retaining walls do their jobs quietly, focusing attention on the plants and other hardscape elements they support with their quiet strength. Gabion walls, […]

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    This week the Remodelista editors celebrated the start of summer by rounding up easy design ideas to update a beach house, weekend retreat, or woodsy getaway. See five of their favorite ideas. Painter’s Drop Cloth Bedspreads See more in 8 Easy Low-Cost, Low-Commitment Summer DIY Projects with Painter’s Drop Cloths. Bedside Fans Annie rounds up stylish […]

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    This weekend, after the holiday, a moment of respite. The best new gift for gardeners and houseplant lovers (or yourself): a subscription to the Plant Parent Club, new from The Sill, including a surprise plant delivered to your door each month, plus access to online plant how-to workshops, and more. (See also: Houseplants for Beginners […]

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    Landscaping a swimming pool area is a different challenge for everyone, just as the design of any existing house and garden is different. However, when it comes to choosing pool landscape plants there are some universal must-haves: easy maintenance, privacy, safety, the right size, and scent. Many swimming pool owners aren’t sure where to start […]

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    For anyone hankering after European formality—only a touch, we’re not asking for Versailles—Le Jardin Plume in Upper Normandy is just the ticket. Influenced by more recent movements involving perennials and grasses, the former orchard is nevertheless firmly rooted in French garden tradition, including plenty of neat clipping and evergreen hedges. When Patrick and Sylvie Quibel […]

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    The submissions are in (more than 2,000 photos of gardens, patios, and design-worthy outdoor living spaces included)! Our panel of design experts has selected the finalists, and now it’s up to you to choose the winner. Vote now for your favorite finalists in the 2018 Considered Design Awards, and read on for everything you need to know. When […]

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    Tuteur is the French word for tutor, and in the garden tuteurs teach plants valuable lessons. Whether you’re training night-blooming moonflowers or papery-thin clematis, climbing vines and flowers will flourish with a little support from these pyramidal structures. We’ve rounded up 10 tuteurs to add an air of French insouciance to your garden: See more Garden […]

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    Frenchwomen, it’s universally known, have a knack for effortless beauty, from the way they dress themselves to the way they outfit their interiors. (Case in point: the beautiful-without-trying-too-hard interiors in How to Decorate Like a Frenchwoman.) So how do Frenchwomen infuse their unfussy, chic vibe into their flower arrangements? We turned to the expert: French florist Laetitia […]

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    In summer nothing beats the feel of sand between your toes. Unless, of course, you happen to be inside. Sandy floors (or worse, sheets) are the bane of every beach cottage. But, as this native Cape Codder has discovered, there are ways to keep the sand at bay. Here are eight solutions to stop sand […]

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  • 07/11/18--01:00: Gardening 101: Petunias
  • Petunia, Petunia x atkinsiana Once again it is time to give a salute and thanks for the many stalwart garden plants we have inherited from our southern neighbors. Beauties that we commonly choose for dependable color and interest in our landscapes such as passionflower, fuchsia, nicotiana, nasturtium, alstroemeria, and many orchids all were originally discovered growing […]

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    Neither the British nor French would like to admit that their mutual preoccupation is often based on admiration. Although certain elements of style are openly coveted and praised, this is balanced by rivalrous declarations of contempt. The French have never been able to turn their back on the islands across the Channel while for the […]

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    Feather Reed Grass, Calamagrostis A connoisseur of ornamental grasses may be able to identify a particular species at a glance. But I need a cheat sheet to tell feather reed grass (Calamagrostis) and many other perennial grasses apart. It doesn’t help matters that some Stipa grasses also are called feather grasses or that Miscanthus has feathery plumes […]

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    Happy Bastille Day. In honor of the French national holiday, the Remodelista editors spent the week discovering new interior design ideas on the streets of Paris (and in the countryside). Here are five ideas to steal from France: French Scullery Staples “Every time we look behind the scenes in French kitchens, we discover an arsenal […]

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    Transformed from corrugated chicken coop to a rustic luxe cabin, on a former pheasant farm—must be France: Photography by Ricardo Labougle and styling by Loreto López Quesada, courtesy of Isabel López-Quesada. Join us for a grand tour of the French countryside: 10 Garden Ideas to Steal from France Le Jardin Plume: A Modern Impressionist Masterpiece in […]

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    On the heels of our Vive La France issue—and to celebrate Bastille Day (and the upcoming World Cup final)—we’re taking note of a few French goings-on. Read on for some outtakes from the issue, plus what we’re up to this weekend, in Paris and beyond. First: the submissions are in (including more than 2,000 original […]

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    Over lunch one day at the very wonderful Honey & Co. in London’s Fitzrovia with a contingent of Remodelista editors, we cooled off with glasses of orange-blossom iced tea. Very sweet, no ice. And delicious, but like a cocktail at noon, there are just so many of these that you can drink before feeling “unusual.” It got us to […]

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    Few of us are immune to the allure of the country estate – the sweeping views and bucolic vistas across miles of countryside, the sense of space and fresh air and, of course, the joy of no near neighbors. It’s a pipe dream for most but we can still learn from the landscaping tricks that […]

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    A garden in crisis greeted designers Harriet Farlam and Ben Chandler of Farlam & Chandler in 2016. Dingy concrete paving slabs and a completely overgrown garden set a sad tone in the long, narrow space in the heart of the English harbor town of Whitstable, Kent. “Unnecessary low brick walls enclosed borders planted with two tall bay […]

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  • 07/16/18--01:00: Gardening 101: Olive Tree
  • Olive Tree, Olea europaea: “The Beauty of Age” By planting an olive tree on top of a hill in ancient Greece, the goddess Athena got a city named after her. Or so that story goes. Thousands of years later, there is still a gnarly olive tree growing on the acropolis. And although it is probably not […]

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    A fence is an important safety feature if you have a swimming pool; you don’t want anyone drowning. Legal requirements for swimming pool fences can vary depending on municipal or state law. But no matter what the rules are where you live, you can install a swimming pool fence without sacrificing style for safety . […]

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