A vibrant groundcover for the shade garden, Lamium maculatum‘Anne Greenaway’ forms a 6- to 8-inch-tall mass of scallop-edged variegated leaves that glitter with chartreuse, silver and mint green. Clusters of small lilac-mauve flowers add to the display in late spring, but the foliage can last all year in mild-winter regions. Perennial.
A collaboration between a garden designer and a culinary-arts-trained homeowner results in the ultimate potager, one so productive (and delicious) that chefs throughout Sonoma County clamor for its surplus
Plants, unplugged, might be the best way to describe the stunning suspended plant-artworks developed by one Fedor van der Valk, who makes these beautiful hanging plants in Amsterdam, under the name String Gardens. Uprooting flowers and trees from their regular terrestrial spots not only showcases the roots, so rarely seen by humans, but elevates the individuals plants into unexpected sculptures.
The bio bus, a mobile science laboratory that travels around New York and the Midwest, providing science education to schoolchildren, also has a living, growing roof that is both aesthetically and functionally green—reclaiming common urban space and transforming it into a moveable garden. Created by Marco Castro Cosio, this living bus roof (his digital prototype is shown above) is an unusual take on green roofs.