See how several designers artfully incorporate fire into landscapes to create relaxing outdoor retreats that are perfect for cozy autumn nights!

Seen close up and in isolation from the rest of the plant, bark invites comparison to abstract art, providing texture and pattern all year.
The blooms of late summer and much of fall provide plenty of enjoyment before the curtain falls for winter.

The Weekly Notebook

Oct
17
12:17pm
11
Links We Love, 10/17/2012 A mini-golf course unlike any other, volcanic rivers in Iceland, fall leaves compost, and more in today’s Links We Love!  Read More »
Related Topics: Green | Pink | links we love
Oct
16
09:14am
40
Garden of Curiosities, Photo Gallery How do the armchair travelers among us create Michael Trapp’s Old World mash-up look in our own gardens without devolving into mishmash? Give the space some structure, Trapp suggests. “Keep clean lines and have some formality,” he advises, “and soften with plant material.” While adhering to that underlying layout, feel free to add architectural elements, like old stone edging or columns, or purchase a few antique pieces like a teak garden bench. Don’t be afraid to mix indoor décor, such as ... Read More »
Related Topics: Blue | Green | Orange | antiques | interior design
Oct
14
09:17am
24
Art & Botany: Broken Flowers A flower's demise is a slow process—unless you're photographer Jon Shireman, in which case it happens with a quick pivot and a smash. He immerses his flowers to stiffen them, then flings them against a hard surface. The shattered remains are beautiful. Read More »
Oct
10
12:28pm
0
Links We Love, 10/10/12 Laser-cut vases, beautiful photographs exploring the “edge effect”, London’s possible future low-line park, and more in today’s Links We Love!  Read More »
Related Topics: links we love
Oct
09
08:54am
30
Mod Must-Haves The sixth installment of Dwell on Design, the Los Angeles showcase of modern, sustainable ideas, featured a wide range of stylish, practical green goods, some quietly cutting-edge, others wonderfully wild.  Read More »
Related Topics: Blue | copper | Gray | Green | Red | White | Modern | dwell on design | Modern
Oct
05
11:20am
18
Botanic Notables: The Fruit Salad Tree A fan of grafting and citrus fruits, I've been pursuing the legendary Tree of Many Fruits for some time now, and have yet to find one. Now I could have one in my backyard. Like many of my favorite trees, it hails from Australia. James and Kerry West, farmers in New South Wales, have been cultivating "fruit salad trees," each of which produce several kinds of fruits.  Read More »
Oct
04
09:43am
0
Art & Botany: "Plant Hunters: Botanical Illustrations from the 16th to 19th Centuries" at Lotusland Garden To look at a history of botanic illustration is to look at the changing significance of a plant over time. A new exhibit at Lotusland, in Montecito, California, does just this. Historic prints document these transitional periods—of plant as medical specimen, to exotic beauty, to garden delight—in a show titled "The Plant Hunters: Botanical Illustrations from the 16th to 19th Centuries," which runs through November 2. Read More »
Oct
03
11:07am
5
Links We Love, 10/3/12 Barrier Reefs on Google Street View, “gray-water” irrigation, a tree-like coat rack, and more in today’s Links We Love!  Read More »
Related Topics: links we love
Oct
02
07:40am
2
The Hudson Valley masterwork of mid-century designer Russel Wright battles the elements.  Read More »
Oct
01
09:02am
0
Garden Shopping in Atlanta In Atlanta for the weekend? Want to check out three fantastic garden shops and a small garden center in between sampling the city’s fantastic restaurant scene and beautiful botanical garden? Even in a short weekend trip, Atlanta doesn’t disappoint. From classic and traditional to artistic and crafts-driven to funky and fun, we’ve chosen three of our favorite garden shops and garden center. In between shopping, take a side-trip to Atlanta’s wonderful botanic garden. By car, it’s possible ... Read More »
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