Thursday, August 25, 2016

Style Trend: The Big Green Sofa

All of the shelter magazines are showcasing this new style trend.  A big punch of vibrant green is a great antidote to the grays and neutrals we've seen so much of lately.  I like the green paired with blue or with gold.
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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

The 10 best plants for your late summer garden

It's not always easy to keep your garden looking fantastic and colorful during the late summer.  Many of the earlier perennials have finished blooming and their foliage is beginning to look spent and bedraggled. I like a garden which looks great all year round, so here are my recommendations for the 10 best plants you can add to your garden to keep it looking beautiful all summer long.

#1 Hydrangeas come in many varieties and colors.  The blooms are long lasting and they are generally very easy to care for. 
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#2 Rose of Sharon, in my opinion, is underrated and underused in the modern garden. I like that they bloom and look fresh during the hottest part of the summer when many other plants are looking worn out from the hot summer sun.
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#3 Russian Sage is a great, sun loving, drought resistant perennial that  looks great in mass or with other plants in a perennial garden.
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 #4 Butterfly Bushes are great looking but also attract butterflies and humming birds.  In my garden they tend to self seed and show up in almost any open space...filling in gaps in my garden. 
 
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#5 Phlox come in such great colors and are easy to grow.  They add life to a late summer garden.  The only problem is that the deer love them as much as I do.  I have a very hard time keeping the buds from getting munched on before they have a chance to bloom.
 
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#6 Liatris are a super easy plant to have.  They are bulbs...plant them and forget them.  They look great in bunches next to blue hydrangeas.
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#7 Echinacea is another easy care plant for the late summer garden.  
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 #8 Lambs Ears foliage has a silvery soft texture which looks great all summer long.  These are a great contrast against greener foliage and colorful blooms. I don't care very much for the flowers on the lambs ears, so I tend to cut them off.

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#9 Dahlias add a riot of color to a summer garden and will continue blooming  until first frost.  In New England, however they are not perennial and must be dug up in the fall and replanted in the spring. 
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#10 Clethra Summer Sweet is another underrated and underused plant which is perfect for the late summer garden.  The aroma of a summer sweet in full bloom is absolutely intoxicating.  There is a place in my town where they grow wild at the edge of a boggy woody area; the scent is just heavenly.
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Happy Gardening.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

10 must haves for the perfect Cape Cod cottage



Below are the 10 most important elements for the perfect Cape Cod cottage.

#1 white cedar shingle siding and roofing.  The salty air turns the white cedar shingles to a beautiful silver tone...giving these homes their iconic Cape Cod feel.
 
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 #2 Painted trim.  White is the most ubiquitous, but I also love the use of blue/green trim.
 
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 #3 White chimneys with a black band.  The lore is that these chimneys advertised an owner's loyalty to the Tories during the revolutionary war....so approaching ships would know if they were landing in enemy or friendly territories.

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#4  Old Fashioned Roses.  Climbers like New Dawn or White Dawn seem to thrive in the salty air.  They look beautiful on a fence or trellis.  Its especially striking to a rose climbing onto the roof of a cottage.

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#5  Hydrangeas.  Any kind of hydrangea; white, blue or pink speak of summer.
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#6  Rose of Sharon.  This is another plant which for me is synonymous with Cape Cod.  Carefree and blooming in mid summer makes it a perfect shrub for a cottage.
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 #7  A porch.  To be outside but sheltered from the hot summer sun, a porch is the perfect place to sit and admire the view.  No cottage is complete without a porch.
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#8  A hedge or a fence.  These boundary providing elements provide a bit a privacy especially in tight quarters.  They also provide a perfect backdrop for a garden.
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#9 An American Flag.  Something about a lawn and a flagpole that says summer cottage.

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#10 A water view.  Arguably the most important thing for a summer cottage is a water view.  It's like an old fashioned TV....always changing and endlessly mesmerizing.

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