Summer is officially here! Let’s kick it off with a quick trip to the tropics before returning home to spruce things up and get prepared for the 4th of July with some patriotic combos. Get out your flip-flops and make yourself an umbrella drink, because things are heating up.
Tropical Rose of Sharon and Hardy Hibiscus
Bring a tropical-island feeling to your garden with rose of Sharon and other cold-hardy hibiscus varieties, many suitable for Zones 5–8. Learn more about these tropical beauties, like why now is the best time to prune or trim them. Pictured: Summerific® ‘Berry Awesome. Photo by Proven Winners.
Step into the tropics in this garden designed by Lauren Hall-Behrens. See how she created this lush retreat in her own backyard and why she chose to emphasize foliage texture over flowers. Pictured: A stone-studded gravel pathway leads you through contrasting colors and textures. Photo by: Claire Takacs.
10 Landscaping Ideas for the Front of the House
Taking a walk through your neighborhood is a great way to get ideas and inspiration for ways to upgrade or simply change up the look of your home. Check out these 10 houses that make a great first impression. Pictured: A simple lighted arbor leads the way to the front door. Photo courtesy of Elaine M. Johnson Landscape Design, Centerville, MA.
(For more beautiful entries, order a copy of the Summer 2018 issue of Garden Design that includes the feature "First Impressions.")
Show your patriotism this 4th of July and plant up a container (or 3!) with red, white, and blue flowering plants. They’re the perfect addition to backyard BBQs all summer long. (PS: Check out Designing Abundant Containers below to learn how to put your patriotic combos together like a pro.) Photos by: Proven Winners.
Back Issues – Garden Design Magazine
Good gardening and design information never go out of style—but it might go out of stock! Order a copy of the Summer 2018 issue now with features on 15 backyard ‘staycation’ retreats, daylilies, container gardens, great gardens in Texas and New York, and so much more! (Very limited quantities of Summer 2014 and Autumn 2015 are also available.)
Do you know someone who loves tropical flowers? How about a neighbor who could use a little inspiration to up their curb appeal factor, or a friend who needs a some help putting together containers? Share this newsletter with them! We think they’ll love it!
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