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  • 08/29/18--01:00: Gardening 101: Geranium
  • Geranium, Cranesbill: “Border Flower” If you have never planted a hardy geranium in your garden, then you and your garden are missing out. Around the world, these perennials thrive as wildflowers so there’s a good chance that one will be happy in your garden. Famous for their delicate, jewel-toned flowers, attractive foliage, and low mounding habit, geranium’s colors range from white, […]

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    On the shore of a lake in Vojka nad Dunajom, Slovakia, architect Peter Jurkovič designed a compact, 700-square-foot cottage as an escape from the city for a family of five. “I focused on finding the essence of a holiday home—a complement to family life,” says Jurkovič. “The house serves as a refuge for a family of five […]

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    You might be surprised to know that jasmine holds up quite well in a vase as long as you follow a few conditioning procedures. Where I live in Portugal, it continues to bloom in the depth of summer, which gave me the idea to bring a bit of fragrance and romance indoors with jasmine-only bouquets. Read on […]

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  • 08/30/18--23:00: Gardening 101: Aster
  • Aster, Asteraceae: “Divine Daisy” It is a mildly sad sight at the end of the summer when many plants lose their luster, with flowers fading and leaves looking a bit burned, as if they forgot their sunscreen. But late summer and early autumn is when perennial asters can save the day, and the garden. Coming […]

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    This week the Remodelista editors made a note of their best easy design ideas from summerhouses—and made plans to transplant them come autumn. Join them. Homemade Dish Soap See step-by-step instructions in DIY: Homemade Dish Soap. Under $200: Bedside Sconce An idea to bring home from the beach house: wall lights for bedside reading, all year […]

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    Officially, it’s still summer for another 22 days, but unofficially, it’s Labor Day: summer’s last hurrah. Here’s your weekend reading—for the beach, the campfire, the front porch, or wherever you are. Garden therapy, travel included: 15 Airbnbs with soothing gardens. Tip: End-of-season plants at nurseries are selling at deep discounts. Baby them and they’ll be […]

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    Add the word “French” to anything and it sounds elegant. This works even with a boring, vaguely hostile word like “drain,”  a feature of your hardscape which you generally don’t want to think about; let’s just hope a drain is doing its job and leave it at that. But a French drain? I want one. Imagine my consternation upon learning that […]

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    At Brooklyn Bridge Park, horticulturalist Rebecca McMackin had to think fast to repair the damage after Superstorm Sandy churned ashore in New York City in 2012. Floods, saltwater, and waterfront devastation forced her and her small staff to come up with radical ideas for a healthier, more resilient landscape to stand up to our world’s […]

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    The deadbolt lock, or “thumb turn” as it’s also called, is like jewelry for your porch or entry door. A well-made, weighty deadbolt gives you the feeling of safety at the turn of your fingers. Here are our favorites: some priced like jewelry, others more economical. See more ideas in our Exterior Hardware design guide in our […]

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    For their historic home in the enclave of Clifton in Bristol, UK, an energetic couple wanted an informal landscape where their grandchildren and dogs could romp with a focus on biodiversity and sustainability. They called on landscape architecture firm Artisan Landscapes to design a dream garden, but the firm recognized that the grand Georgian-style home […]

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    Paper plants are having a moment, and no wonder. They are fanciful, three-dimensional versions of houseplants. In some cases better versions—they don’t die, the foliage never fades, and you don’t need to hire a sitter to water them when you go away. Paper plant sculptures may awaken your inner crafter. Certainly the sight of a […]

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    Today we’ll discuss everything you need to know about four common raspberries—canes, flowers, fruit, the works. But first, a little background. The Rubus (edible bramble) genus contains many hundreds of species. And despite being one of the easiest plants to recognize in broad terms, even my plant-geek mind is bamboozled by some common and attractive […]

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    Welcome to Your First Garden. If you have questions about the basics (as in: what is topsoil?), you’re like me. For newbies like us, I’ll answer them one at a time—with advice from experts—twice a month. Our gardens are going to love this. Here’s the dirt on dirt. I’ve got some myself, a quarter acre […]

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  • 09/06/18--01:00: Gardening 101: Pittosporum
  • In my garden I rely on pittosporum shrubs to behave like a sheer curtain, creating a shimmery 10-foot-tall privacy layer to block street sights and sounds. But that’s just me. With more than 200 species of these versatile evergreen shrubs and small trees, you can use rely on pittosporum to solve almost any problem—these versatile […]

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    Back to school, back to work, but not necessarily back to basics. Elevate your office routine with five design ideas the Remodelista editors discovered this week in their favorite workspaces: Workspace Niche This week Julie was inspired by “ingenious workspaces are slotted into closets, corners, even under the stairs.” See her favorites in The Niche Workspace: […]

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    Does your office feel a little too Dilbert? Here’s a quick fix: banish institutional cubicle culture with a little greenery (a plant or two will improve air quality too). Studies show you’re more creative–and productive–if your workspace feels like home. Here’s some inspiration, featuring 10 of our favorite indoor plants to perk up your desktop: […]

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    From dried-flower arrangements to finding hiking trails wherever you are: here’s what came across our screens this week. Get a daily dose of garden inspiration delivered to your in-box: sign up for our newsletter. (Might we suggest the daily Headlines dispatch? It makes good reading on your commute or during a moment of pause in […]

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  • 09/08/18--23:00: Gardening 101: Gomphrena
  • Globe Amaranth, Gomphrena: Bachelor Button Gomphrena is a cheery little clover lookalike that for centuries has graced classic cutting gardens.  American gardeners have relied on its pleasing bachelor button flowers since the early 1700s. With pink, purple, or white gumball flowers, globe amaranth has a reliable marathon bloom time (from early summer until the first hard frost). Somewhat short […]

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    Arthur Curtiss James was a railroad titan, as the newspaper obituaries would later put it, and in 1911 he and his wife, Harriet, built a grand estate with sprawling gardens designed by the Olmsted Brothers on a 125-acre property in Newport, Rhode Island. It was here, students of the Gilded Age may remember, where Mrs. […]

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    If you are old enough to remember the early Martha Stewart days, you also may recall that she was the first person to elevate drudgery to diversion. Back in the 1990s, she transformed the most menial chore into a pleasant pastime by advocating the use of beautiful tools made to last a lifetime. While the heady days when she hawked only […]

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    Get ready for muddy season in the garden. I grew up in Boston, where a number of British ways have managed to linger: we call our mothers Mum (and our bottoms bums), eat our share of fish and chips, and, at least in my house, refer to our rubber boots as Wellies (short for Wellingtons). […]

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  • 09/11/18--01:00: Gardening 101: Verbena
  • Verbena, Verbena: “Butterfly Magnet” One of my earliest gardening blunders was a six-pack of tiny verbena seedlings I bought because the tag promised they could grow in partial shade. The poor little plants never bloomed and were quickly covered in mildew because, of course, they are well-known sun lovers. Like mint juleps and verandas, verbenas […]

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    Most of us want the entrance to our homes to let visitors know we’re glad to see them. But how do we achieve that? One way is by paying close attention to the design of the front stoop. The word stoop refers to the steps and landing before an entry door. Stoops came to America by way […]

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  • 09/12/18--01:00: Gardening 101: Gardenia
  • Gardenia, Gardenia jasminoides: “Heaven Scent” You know how certain smells can take you back to a specific (and I hope good) time and place? Gardenias do that for me. My grandmother lived in Pasadena, California, where as a child I visited with my family visited every summer. Near her back porch happily lived a row […]

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    Welcome to the Garden Decoder, a new column in which I define gardening terms, both rarely heard and commonly bandied about, that have me scratching my head. To call me a novice gardener is a compliment (see last week’s Your First Garden: What You Need to Know About Topsoil for proof), but I have a feeling […]

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    Calling all late-season loungers: A deck or patio will beckon in cool weather if it has versatile furnishings—such as a pair of folding canvas camp stools that can do double duty as seating or side tables. We recently admired the interiors of NYC interior designer Ellen Hamilton’s remodeled Martha’s Vineyard beach cottage on Remodelista. Now let’s take […]

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    The California coast beckoned, and the Remodelista editors found themselves basking in sun and surf this week. Here are five favorite design ideas they found to steal. Perfect Potted Plants See more ideas in 10 Easy Pieces: Perennials for the Seaside Garden and for more of this garden (and a look at interiors with what […]

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    We all should paint our dining rooms to match our gardens, especially during tomato season. That’s the first lesson I learned from this week’s beautiful harvest dinner envisioned by the team at David Stark Design. But the real genius of the latest project we’re publishing from the Stark Design team is its simplicity. Tabletop tomatoes stacked […]

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    From a legendary UK gardener’s visit across the pond to glamping in Sonoma, here are nine things on our radar this weekend. Terrain in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, is hosting legendary UK gardener Fergus Garrett, head gardener at the Great Dixter estate in East Sussex, at two events this upcoming week; get more info on the lecture […]

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    Moon gardening is an age-old technique based on a simple idea: The gravitational pull of the earth affects water levels in the earth as well as in the oceans. Just as tides rise and fall as the moon waxes and wanes, so do levels of water underground (and even levels inside plants), the theory goes. […]

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    Making use of scrap wood and scavenged reclaimed materials (including, when appropriate, leather from World War II gun holsters), Philadelphia-based designers Margaux and Walter Kent are neo-homesteaders who create the kind of products for their Peg & Awl line that they would use themselves. We particularly like their frontier-style garden journals, fashioned from hardwood covers, […]

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    Gardenista editor in chief Michelle Slatalla’s house has been begging for a paint job ever since the holiday season a few years back, when she used dabs of silicone to attach twinkly lights to the facade. (When the strings of lights came down, so did chips of paint.) Back-t0-school season is a great time to […]

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    As winter approaches and the storm season sets in, it’s time to install or upgrade your front door’s storm glass. Most readily available storm doors come in cheaper aluminum, PVC, or fiberglass, but it’s said that a well-finished wood storm door can last up to 50 years. Here are our favorite options, all fairly minimal […]

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    Here’s to all the hipsteaders who’ve gone back to the land to farm (and post on their Instagram accounts), as well as to all seasonal settlers and weekend escapees who’ve left city life behind part-time. From the Cotswolds to the Catskills to the California coast, they’ve changed our ideas about organic gardening, farming, and country curb appeal. Here […]

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  • 09/19/18--01:00: Gardening 101: Morning Glory
  • Morning Glory, Ipomoea, “Back-to-School Vine” Morning glory, with its heart-shaped leaves and delicate trumpet-shaped blooms, is such a familiar plant that it is easy to forget how useful and stunning it can be in the garden. Beyond that, it is almost effortless to grow and, except for the possibility of annoying reseeding (more on that […]

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    I don’t know why the volume of autumn leaves that fell onto our yard that first fall in our new home was such a surprise. We had moved to a town called Maplewood, after all—not to mention what had drawn us to the area was a noteworthy abundance of “grandfather” trees. When the first leaves fell, […]

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  • 09/20/18--01:00: Gardening 101: Oleander
  • Oleander, Nerium oleander “Oleander” rhymes with “I can’t stand her,” as anyone familiar with the lyrics of Steely Dan’s “My Old School” knows. Great rhyme, guys, and just so you know, I’ve been unable to get it out of my mind for the past four decades. So, thanks for the song. And thanks for the […]

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    Rustic elegance is on the Remodelista editors’ radar this week, as they visit modern homesteads to gather new ideas for showcasing old materials and vintage styles. Brick Backdrop With our partner Gobrick.com, we’ve come up with five new reasons to admire brick, and to consider using it as a building material: Durable, Sustainable, and Timeless: 5 […]

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    A family of four escapes the city to live off the land on a homestead complete with cows, chickens, ducks, pigs, and an overflowing edible garden. This is a familiar fantasy—you may have imagined it, and I do often, lying awake at night to name my fictive cows. But few of us turn the dream into reality by decamping to the country with children […]

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    A new way to get your Christmas tree, a tree farm transformed, and more, on our radar this week. The Olmsted Papers: how America’s greatest landscape designer got the idea for New York’s Central Park. Extreme landscape makeover (you’ll never recognize this former Christmas tree farm). Attention, Lakewood, Colorado readers: get your free mulch this […]