The hills of Japan's Hitachi Flower Park blossom bright with about 30,000 bushes of Kochia, a bush whose leaves and stems turn red in October. A couple million light pink and white cosmos bloom alongside in the park's 153 hectacres.
The front-runner of a growing group of caladiums bred in Thailand, distinguished by smaller, thicker textured, almost waxy foliage. Like stained glass, ‘Thai Beauty’ has stunning pink, almost-translucent leaves with markings of green and vanilla. Reaches 8 to 15 inches tall.
Snowdrop fanatic David L. Culp—he has the second-largest collection in the country!—talks about this winter-blooming bulb, saying that "Anything that blooms against the odds has a place in my heart." Plus: His favorite plant pairings for the Giant Snowdrop.
Grace Bonney, of Design*Sponge, is our very first blogger for our new fall series: What Makes a House a Home. Over the next few weeks, on Wednesdays, we'll be featuring a different blogger writing about their home. In today's column, Bonney shares her tips for bringing the outside in, and we showcase three homes (and home-decorating ideas) from the brand-new Design*Sponge book. Take a look at the living rooms of Nicolette Camille Owen, Joy and Tyler Thigpen, and Dave Alhadeff!