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
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 »
Oct
01
08:35am
27
A "Messy" Lamp Vasiliy Butenko's Mess lamp pays homage to the ordered chaos of botanical forms.  Read More »
Related Topics: Black | lamps
Sep
30
02:15pm
0
Herbal Household Helpers Spring cleaning? Use these herbal recipes for cleaning products from garden expert Trisha Shirey. Read More »
Related Topics: Beige | Eco-friendly | herbs | Ideas
Sep
29
11:04am
45
Notes from a Flower Farm: Decorating With Herbs How to make arrangements using herbs and spring flowers that are perfect for the Passover or Easter table. Read More »
Sep
28
08:30am
19
Botanic Superlatives: The World's Largest Vertical Garden A living wall in Milan was recently granted the superlative title of world's largest. Designed by architect Francesco Bollani, the vertical garden carpets 13,600 square feet of an Italian mall's facade. Read More »
Sep
27
01:55pm
20
Art & Botany: Sasha Kurmaz's Botanic Photography Photographer Sasha Kurmaz captures the fragility, beauty, and hope of a blossom. Read More »
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