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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 cushions and textiles, with outdoor furniture.

Trapp’s own store is a great resource for antiques, but he also recommends retailers like Target, Restoration Hardware, and Pottery Barn for affordable, more contemporary accessories. “They carry a younger mix of items that pair well with older pieces,” he says. Take a look at the accents and furnishings that make Michael Trapp's home and garden a curious place.

With the tongue-twisting official name of Euphorbia martini ‘Waleutiny’, it’s no wonder this cushion spurge has acquired a much cuter appellation. Looking like a Koosh Ball, ‘Tiny Tim” forms a perfect 1-foot dome of narrow blue-green leaves and a cloud of greenish-yellow bracts cupped under little red flowers. Unlike many spurges, this one continues to bloom throughout the season. Zones 6-8.
Handmade and vintage online boutique Etsy.com offers some surprising garden treasures.
Flower Frogs for Collectors is exactly what its name describes: a collection of photos of flower frogs, for collectors. One collector—who has about a hundred—even uses a frog as a toothbrush holder.
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A slide show of the beautiful wildflower meadows designed by Larry Weaner, in rural Pennsylvania. 
Swedish gardens, hotels, fabrics, furniture, and more—a photographic portrait of a land inspired by nature. 
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Snapshots of the fashion-inspired centerpieces at the 2012 New York Flower Show Dinner Dance, reflecting this year's theme "Couture en Fleur."
See how seven designers created outdoor environments for everything from intimate dining nooks to kidcentric playscapes. 


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