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Sourcebook for Cultivated Living
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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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    Wood is your friend—a welcoming, forgiving surface that instantly warms up a room. This week the Remodelista editors rekindled their romance with larch, walnut, and reclaimed barn siding (stay tuned for upcoming photos of Justine’s newly refinished floors). Here are five of our editors’ favorite ways to use wood to warm a room: Home Spas […]

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    When laying a path with pavers, you have a choice to fill the gaps with grout, ground cover plants, or filler stones such as gravel or decomposed granite. As a garden designer, I often advocate filler stones, which are permeable (and prevent rainwater runoff) as well as a design element to create a coherent look for […]

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    On our radar this weekend: Mother’s Day pop-ups and the return of the geranium. Plus, look no further for all your plant swap needs: Announcing our new Plant Swap Calendar, where we’ll list a selection of plant swaps going on around the country each week. (Have a plant swap to share? Let us know in […]

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    Outdoor showers are what I look forward to most during our annual summer excursion to the North Carolina shore. More than swimming in the warm ocean, curling up with a book under the umbrella with my toes in the sand, or attacking a pile of peel-and-eat shrimp, it’s the ritual of showering in the open air that […]

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    You don’t need us to tell you that the very best thing to do in May is to pull a comfortable chair into the garden and settle into it. But after you sit there for awhile, you may want to get more involved in your garden’s life. Here are 10 ideas for things to do […]

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    Great Britain was awash with patriotic fervor last year as our queen celebrated her 90th birthday. But there was another national treasure celebrating the same milestone—and just like the queen, David Austin, rose breeder extraordinaire, still went to work every day at his Shropshire HQ, continuing his lifetime’s quest to create the perfect rose. We […]

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    My introduction to Appalachia came when my young, adventurous mom and dad decided to pull up roots and leave New Jersey to pursue a different life in the south, riding an optimistic wave of post–World War II prosperity and relatively new automobile-enabled mobility. They surely shocked their more homebound relatives. I was three when we […]

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    Have you ever sat down on a deck surrounded by beautiful scenery, hoping to take in the sights, only to discover that a chunky railing is obstructing your view? So have we. Enter sleek, stainless steel CableRail from Feeney. The company was founded in 1948 as a rigging manufacturer and now uses its marine-grade stainless steel cables in […]

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    Cottage gardeners were only mildly perturbed when the easygoing, arching spring beauty Dicentra spectabilis had its name changed to Lamprocapnos spectabilis. Its common name, bleeding heart, was still functional. Of course, “bleeding heart” is also used for the plants that retained the name Dicentra—the diminutive, ground-covering Dicentra formosa. Which are not to be confused with Dutchman’s breeches […]

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    For a year now we’ve been tracking Brooklyn-based architect Roberto Sosa around the far reaches of the US, from the Hudson Valley to the wild northern coast of Maui, where he’s designed gardens for his remodeled Hawaiian beach cottages and rambling country farms. A few days ago he alerted us to his latest project, in […]

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    Pavers have their own language: they can be porous, permeable, or pervious. All three types are designed with sustainability in mind, to filter rainwater and prevent runoff. So what’s the difference? Permeable pavers typically have solid concrete surfaces and are meant to be laid with wide spaces between them on a bed of gravel or […]

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    My first sojourn to Garden in the Woods was enough to convert me. (See Walk on the Wild Side: A New England Woodland Garden.) Ever since that visit to the New England Wild Flower Society‘s native showcase, I have become a huge devotee of native plants. Which is why I recently found myself on a pilgrimage, driving […]

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    Joni Mitchell wasn’t kidding when she said you could wreck paradise with a parking lot. You can damage it with a driveway, too, especially the typical asphalt or concrete ones. Or you can keep the pavement out of your little piece of paradise by opting for a driveway made of grass block pavers. Are grass […]

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    It is no longer possible to order a simple gin and tonic in a country pub in Northamptonshire, England. Instead, the bartender demands more detail; there are decisions to be made. Are you looking for a sloe gin with lemon tonic water, or perhaps a pink gin that is 34 percent rhubarb? In the UK, […]

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    Congratulations, orchid lover! You’re one of an elite few who have managed to find the right balance of water, sunlight, date nights, and long walks on the beach to have a healthy relationship with your orchid. Not only is your orchid living, it’s thriving—and has outgrown the plastic pot in which you carried it home […]

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    Here’s what we know so far about the royal wedding cake that Claire Ptak, California native and proprietor of Violet Cakes in London, is baking to celebrate the marriage of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle on Saturday. The flavor will be lemon elderflower. The batter will include Ptak’s signature fruit, lemons imported from Italy (“They are large […]

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    The iconic midcentury modern cylinder planter is having a moment. The originals, introduced in the 1950s by LA-based Architectural Pottery, have spawned a new generation of graceful, simple silhouettes. Vintage cylinder planters are prized among collectors (a  from Architectural Pottery is $2,600 on 1st Dibs). But vintage doesn’t fit everybody’s budget. We’ve rounded up 10 well-priced […]

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    In the topiary world Jake Hobson is a bit of a rock star. The Dorset-based topiarist originally studied at the Slade—London’s premier art school—before a trip to Japan in 1997 that set him on a greener path. Intrigued by the fanatical approach to pruning in Japan, he returned for two years and worked at a […]

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    Hot on the heels of tomorrow’s royal wedding, the Chelsea Flower Show should see British bonhomie soaring, especially if the weather holds. Television coverage starts on Sunday on the British Broadcasting Corporation’s flagship channel; prepare to see a nation besotted by gardens. A week-long commentary on flowers, Chelsea is a cheerful thing to have on […]

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    Meghan Markle’s bridal bouquet likely will include an unassuming white myrtle flower clipped from a shrub which has been a member of the royal family since Queen Victoria’s reign. At British royal weddings this steely little plant has its moment, as it’s been carried in bridal bouquets ever since Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter included a […]

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    This week the Remodelista editors traveled west in search of new interior design ideas. Here are five they found in California. Moroccan Tiles The bathroom floors are designed with  from Imports from Marrakesh; $12 each. Re-create the look of the room with this week’s Steal This Look post. Midcentury Furniture Baldon is one 6 Great California […]

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    First things first: Consider this your guide to all things floral and edible at the royal wedding (plus, more to do and read this weekend). Read on. First, a primer on the pertinent details for this morning’s royal wedding: What’s in the cake (with plenty of lemon and elderflower). The flowers, with “wild and loose” peonies […]

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    Like most things in your garden, tools need a little loving care to keep them happy. Here are a few easy tips for cleaning and caring for your pruners. Photography by Erin Boyle for Gardenista. For a roundup of our favorite pruners, see 10 Easy Pieces: Garden Pruners. Boiled Linseed Oil is $20 for 32 […]

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    This month your houseplants may not be getting as much attention as they did in winter. Nothing personal, but if the weather’s sunny and the garden’s in bloom in May, why focus on indoor plants? Well, because they’ll love you for it. Like garden plants, many houseplants experience seasonal growth spurts in spring (after all, […]

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    Courtyard gardens, enclosed on all sides by walls or fences, can transform a cramped space into an oasis. They preserve privacy while welcoming sunlight. They make even the smallest home feel larger. We’ve collected 10 of our favorites. Color Code Balcony Views Privacy, Please For more of this garden, see Before & After: From ‘Fishbowl’ Townhouse Garden to Private Oasis. Elegant […]

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    My mother’s grandmother, Nettie Bailey of Dividing Creek, New Jersey, died when I was a very young child. My memories of her are sketchy and few. They mainly consist of a few vague images of a visit my parents and I made to her tiny rural cabin where she lived alone, and apparently quite happily, […]

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    Here’s an air plant with such curly leaves that its nickname is “Shirley Temple.” Tillandsia streptophylla, you’re irresistible. Native to warm climates in the Caribbean, Central America, and Mexico, Tillandsia streptophylla has leaves that curl up as it dries out. For tips on how to take care of an air plant, see Air Plants: A Field […]

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  • 05/21/18--03:00: Gardening 101: Pothos
  • Pothos, Epipremnum aureum: “Devil’s Ivy” Despite being a garden designer and certified plant enthusiast (read: borderline obsessed), I don’t grow many indoor plants. Most people think my interior space would match my exterior space: verdant, jungly, crammed with cascading and climbing greenery, and spotted with stately potted centerpieces. But most indoor plants I have tried […]

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    For showing if not growing, the Chelsea Flower Show in London is the pinnacle of the garden year. To join the happy throng this week or mingle with unexpected celebrities on Press Day is to give meaning to the idea of a “pleasure garden.” What could be nicer than promenading through the tree-filled avenues of […]

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    Cable railings, also known as tension wire railings, are useful to install on balconies, decks, and stairways where you don’t want to block a view. Instead of bulky spindles or pickets, cable railings are ultra-thin, see-though barriers. Made of stainless steel or aluminum, cable railings are strong and can stand up to the elements. We’ve […]

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    The Gardenista Considered Design Awards are back—and we’re inviting all readers, professional designers and amateur gardeners alike, to submit your best efforts to this year’s contest. The awards are open to all kinds of gardeners: Homeowners, apartment dwellers, landscape architects, and garden designers are all welcome to submit (as are architects, interior designers, and design novices […]

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    Designer Sarah Price makes gardens that garden editors adore. She is an artist who sculpts with aggregate and tough plants and she never looks ruffled. Her gardens hum with energy and authenticity yet, like her, they are—serene. Show garden judges like her gardens too; having won a gold medal at her last Chelsea Flower Show […]

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    No wonder it sounds like scissors. With “seven hardened, sharp cutting blades on a ball-bearing shaft,” a manually operated lawnmower (shown above) from the 100-year-old American Lawn Mower Company doesn’t take a backseat to any electric, gasoline-powered, or robotic lawn mower on the market. Plus, it’s environmentally friendly. The blades on reel lawn mowers give […]

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  • 05/23/18--03:00: Gardening 101: Barrenwort
  • Barrenwort, Epimedium: “Bishop’s Hat” “Now that’s a good plant,” knowledgeable gardeners will say, on seeing a shapely huddle of epimedium’s heart-shaped leaves in a well-planned woodland garden. They know that it is one of the best ground covers, staying put, tolerating dry shade, with handsome leaves that are briefly outshone by small but interesting flowers […]