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

Nov
29
09:30am
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Modern & Merry: A Versatile Twist on Holiday Décor Make your outdoor space merry and bright with a twist on tradition this year. We teamed up with ShopBoxhill.com to curate a collection of contemporary outdoor products for conversation pieces you won’t want to pack away when the holidays are over. Read More »
Related Topics: classic | Decor | decorating | Furniture | holiday
Nov
27
04:12pm
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Giving Thanks for Winter Squash During a time when there wasn’t a Whole Foods or local farmers market to ensure your holiday meal, chance gardeners of the 17th century began to count on winter squash, the “vegetable marrow” of their time for their survival.  Read More »
Nov
25
03:18pm
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Philadelphia: Nature-Inspired Outdoor Murals Enjoy these vivid images of some of Philadelphia’s most vibrant murals adorning both public and private spaces as part of the city’s Mural Arts program. Read More »
Related Topics: art | northeast | Philadelphia
Nov
22
03:24pm
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My Garden: A Garden for Misfit Plants Ever wonder where the leftover or unwanted plants of a design go to pasture? Many of these plants find their way to designer Anna Brooks' Michigan garden, where it’s ok to be a misfit. Read More »
Related Topics: Designers | Midwest | my garden | plants
Nov
20
04:51pm
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My Garden: A Bit of Japan in the Netherlands A penchant for growing Bonsai trees inspires gardener Ramon Smit to create a full-scale Japanese garden Read More »
Related Topics: bonsai | Japanese | my garden | Netherlands
Nov
18
08:50am
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Botanic Notables: Plants of The Hunger Games When The Hunger Games sequel, Catching Fire opens this Friday, early reviews say the dramatic and subversive storyline will not disappoint its ravenous fans. In anticipation, we pulled this article from our archives as a horticultural hat tip to Suzanne Collins and The Hunger Games trilogy. Read More »
Nov
15
10:44am
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Italy: Green Terrace Roof Garden When landscape architect Gabriella Mazzola designed a roof garden for her clients atop a modern residential building in Italy, she understood why they asked for "a green oasis of relaxation.” Her gentle hand with a feel for fine-textured plants creates a remarkable transformation and allows light to penetrate while providing screens for backgrounds and privacy. This space features a dozen great ideas for adding warmth and contrast to cold hard surfaces. Read More »
Related Topics: Italy | Rooftop garden
Nov
13
09:24am
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Botanic Notables: Quintessentially Mediterranean Quercus They're native to the Mediterranean, but for thousands of years Quercus suber, the cork oak has been an orchard tree in Spain and Portugal. It's easy to identify by the thick, deeply fissured, spongy bark which is the source of wine corks. The cork bark builds up over time to a layer up to a foot thick, then it's stripped away for harvest every ten years. Read More »
Nov
11
09:52am
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Vertical Gardens: Slide Show More than 2,000 people “liked” this image on Facebook this weekend. Here’s a look at ten more vertical gardens around the world. Is there a great vertical garden near you? Read More »
Related Topics: Green | Modern | Flora Grubb | Vertical Gardens
Nov
08
04:53pm
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Arrangements for All Seasons When you think of floral arranging like cooking, the recipes and flavors are endless. Here’s a recipe for a bountiful and beautiful autumn arrangement from an easy-to-use cookbook of floral design. Read More »
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