10 Edible Plants with Fascinating Texture and Fragrance in the Garden

One of the elements to consider when planning your garden spaces is the texture of the plants. I especially love to include plants that are fun to touch in gardens near my front door, back patio, or other high-traffic areas. Here are some of my favorite edible plants perfect for a sensory or children’s garden. Many of these are explored in-depth in Gardening Like a Ninja: A Guide to Sneaking Delicious Edibles Into Your Landscape. 1. Sage – Broader, textured leaves make sage a lovely addition to the edible landscape. It grows as a woody perennial and the texture alone would be enough to make it worth adding to the landscape. But sage is available in a variety of colors – tri-color with burgundy streaks and splotches and a variegated green and white form are two of my … [Read more...]

7 Succulent Gardens You Can Create

Succulent gardens are perfect for those with-and without- green thumbs. They take less watering than the average garden, require far less maintenance, and are pretty forgiving when it comes to soil. Best of all? They come in a wide variety of colors and are sure to add amazing texture and interest to any garden.Upcycling and succulent gardening? An all-around win! This succulent pallet garden by Justina Blakeney is divine.Boxes full of succulents! Clever ideas like this just always make me happy. From Design Sponge's Teeny Tiny Gardening interview.Vertical garden of succulents by Flora Grubb Gardens, complete with a very thorough DIY tutorial.  Love the idea, and it could work in any type of decor, from modern to country and everything in between.Adorable tabletop bowl full … [Read more...]

7 Incredibly Creative Flower Gardens

Those April showers did their trick! May flowers are blooming everywhere. Now that the weather is warmer, we're going to be seeing color blossoms on trees, bushes, and in garden beds.Need a little inspiration to bring some of this color to your own garden or yard? We've got some gorgeous eye candy in the form of creative flower gardens for you that will do just that!Flowers spilling out of flower pot by Interior Holic. Gorgeous, huh? The link has a tutorial as well, so you can have the look yourself.Mossy and flowery chair by Oscar Mora. This is magical; would look lovely tucked into a glower bed or under a weeping willow tree. Wooden chair recycled as planter from FittoGarden's Flickr. Could this be more adorable? Could work with almost any type of wooden chair. [sc:adsense … [Read more...]

Fruit Infused Water Recipes for Summer

Are you a water drinker? If you are, do you drink the recommended 8 glasses of water a day? I'll be honest, I do not like water. It's plain, flavorless, not carbonated and flat out boring. However, recently I've discovered a way to give water flavor and even make it beautiful. Dare I say that I'll even drink 8 glasses a day if prepared in my new found way. I'm talking about infusing water with fruits and herbs to bring it to life...or at least make it more interesting and flavorful.Today I have a bunch of varieties that are easy, beautiful and FULL of flavor.Strawberry Lime Cucumber and Mint Water - Doesn't that sound refreshing? Make a big pitcher of this recipe and set it out while you're lounging by the pool.Lemon Raspberry Water - Drinking flavor infused water is … [Read more...]

Grow a Salsa Garden in a Jar

Photo of salsa by Florian (Ed Note:The weather is warm and garden stores are showing off a wide variety of herbs and vegetables to plant in your garden (if you have  a garden). Here's a great way to bring fresh flavors to your table with just a little outside space.)Strawberry jars are urn-shaped containers that have openings or "pockets" on the sides. Originally, they were made for growing strawberries as the jar structure allows the crown of the plant to stay above the soil line, which is important for the plant. The design also keeps the fruit off of the ground. It turns out, these handy jars are excellent for all kinds of planting themes such as growing a salsa garden on your patio or deck.What you'll need:1 Strawberry jar (Terra Cotta or plastic) -- or a regular planting … [Read more...]

Stunning Home Decor DIYs With Gold Leaf Foil

Gold leaf home decor items are all the rage again with good reason. They add a bright sparkle of decadence to a home that is warm and inviting and luxurious. So pretty! But if you can't find just the right accent piece don't despair - you can make it with one of these fabulous gold leaf home decor DIYs.DIY Gold Leaf Vase for Metallic Home AccentsAdd a pop of warmth and brilliance to any coffee table or shelf. From Blissfully DomesticGold Leaf Art Work for Wall Art or Framed PiecesLove this creative gold leaf wall art! Use a stencil to create any design you want...so smart!From Lovely IndeedI also really liked this framed print. When she couldn't find the right print to match this stunning frame, she made her own!From Live Love DIYDIY Gold Leaf … [Read more...]