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Archives for January 29, 2018

Check out the design trends in 2018 for every part of your house and yard – Omaha World

Rhianna Miller, Rubber Mulch’s home and garden design expert and trend forecaster, is sharing what she expects to be the hot trends in 2018.

What design style do you think will be big in 2018 and why?

Frugal luxury meets eco-friendly living. People want a comfy, nice home but aren’t willing to break the bank doing so. They are also looking for harmony in their homes and communities. Homeowners want to consider their carbon footprint and use more natural resources.

How can a homeowner incorporate that style into their home?

A few creative ways to incorporate frugal luxury meets eco-friendly style into your own home is by resourcing materials from second-hand shops or Habitat for Humanity, giving your existing items a second life, and purchasing new, quality pieces from local artisans. Consider how you lessen your footprint by not buying new each time. Older pieces of furniture and home building supplies tend to have higher quality construction as well. You’re getting well-made craftsmanship. If you do buy new, solicit the help of a local artisan that can design a piece specific to your needs and using materials you request.

What colors do you think are going be popular for home decor in 2018? 

Think modern, fresh and bright. Look for silver and gold accents, turquoise, elderberry, greenish yellows, rosy hues, olive, purples, and grays.

How can you pair those colors? 

In 2018, the idea is to pair warm-cool combinations—it’s balance with boldness. Blues with peach/oranges. Golden yellow with blue. Dark blues with a gray palette. Turquoise with purples.

What are 2018 trends you see for the kitchen and how can you incorporate them? 

Two-toned cabinets: In 2018 you’ll be seeing a lot of kitchens featuring two-toned cabinets. This can be done in several ways, such as, one color on the top cabinets and a different color on the bottom or in different finishes. You can pull this off in your home by simply repainting your existing cabinets or replacing the cabinet doors. 

Gold-toned accents: Rose gold, brass and copper finishes are on everything from cabinet handles to appliances. Just visit your local homewares store and to find tons of items you can include in your kitchen to get the look for gold. You’ll find everything from appliances and gadgets to garbage cans and bar stools with a touch of gold.

Statement floor tile: The past few years leaned heavily on the backsplash tile. But in 2018, it’s all about the floor tiles. Look for patterned tiles that will take your kitchen to a whole new level or you can select different standard tiles to create eclectic patterns. For many this is a DIY weekend project, but if you’re not familiar with tiling, you may want to call in the specialists to lend a hand. 

What are 2018 trends you see for the outdoors and how can you incorporate them? 

Growing the outdoor living space: In the coming year, you’ll find a growing emphasis on the outdoor living space.

As people improve their quality of life at home, they are expanding the living area outdoors as a space to enjoy time with family and a place to relax.

Comfy, useable furniture will be included as well as hammocks and hanging swings. Make room for the fire pit as it’s the area where all come to gather on a beautiful summer night.

Addition of backyard gardens: With a heightened focus on health and growing your own food, backyard gardens are popping up all over. The popularity of backyard gardening has spiked over the last few years with urban gardeners and those gardening with limited backyard space sprouting up everywhere. Having limited space isn’t stopping potential gardeners. You’ll see more square foot gardens, creative raised beds and use of normally unused space. Additionally you’ll find more low-maintenance, natural looking landscaping.

Focus on outdoor lighting: Outdoor lighting has always had a place in outdoor home design, but in 2018 there will be added focus on lighting the landscaping around a home, not just the pathways and doorways. Additional lighting is both aesthetically pleasing and a safety, security measure. 

What are 2018 trends you see for the bedroom and how can you incorporate them? 

Low headboards: After years of the overbearing, prominent headboard, there’s now a shift to a more subtle, low sitting headboard. If this is something you’d like to try, a simple low headboard is a simple DIY project whether made from wood and painted or covered with fabric. With the headboard taking backstage, other areas of the room now stand out which is a change from years past. The eye can focus on other details in the room.

Metal lamps: Much like the kitchen, you’ll be seeing metals like copper, brass and rose gold in the bedroom too. Since copper has become an essential element in Nordic-style environments, it’s no surprise they’re popping up in bedrooms everywhere. You can find a great set of table lamps or hanging pendant lights in a beautiful metal at most home improvement stores. 

What are 2018 trends you see for the bathroom and how can you incorporate them?

All about tile: The big update to bathrooms will be the addition of luxe tile. You’ll be seeing eclectic tile like the “mermaid tile” and combos of tiles such as marble and subway tile together, a resurge of the stone and brick tiles, arabesque, and glazed terra cotta. So many options and so many ways to create a gorgeous bathroom with the addition of tile. For you own home, consider the bathroom backsplash or shower. Take it a step further with a tile floor. 

Concrete countertops: Move over marble and granite, it’s concrete’s time to shine in the New Year. With a shift to a “less is more” mentality, concrete countertops play into the appeal as an edgier, less expensive, less traditional improvement. They can be DIY installed or installed by a pro or you can use a kit that basically covers your existing countertops without having to remove/replace them. Concrete is one of the most affordable options on the market.

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Garden calendar: For the week of Jan. 28

Garden Expo: A great place to go for gardening classes is the Midwest Garden Expo at the Alliant Energy Center February 9-11, which is hosted by Wisconsin Public Television. Seeing and smelling all the green plants at the show will help you deal with this gloomy low-snow winter, as well! Get inspiration for the upcoming gardening season by visiting with garden center and landscaping vendors at the show, and visit the UW-Extension booth for answers to gardening questions provided by UW experts and Master Gardener volunteers. I’ll be there on and off all three days and will be giving presentations on growing tomatoes (Feb. 9 at 1:45 p.m.), and Container Gardening (Feb. 10 3:30-4:30 p.m.). I’ll also be sharing the stage with Wisconsin Public Radio’s Garden Talk’s Larry Meiller and UW-Extension’s own Dr. Death (Brian Hudelson of the Plant Disease Diagnostic Clinic) on Saturday morning at 9:30. There are many other educational seminars presented by local experts and workshops where you can learn new skills — everything from pruning and prairies to straw bale gardening and garden design. Do an internet search for “Garden Expo 2018” for a full listing of the seminars, demonstrations and workshops offered. There is an enormous list of topics covered and something for everyone to enjoy.

More gardening classes: Dane County UW-Extension will also be offering our Green Thumb Gardening Series again on Thursday evenings Feb. 22 through April 26 at the Dane County UW-Extension office, 5201 Fen Oak Dr. Suite 138, from 6:30-9:00 p.m. You can take selected classes priced per class, or the whole series for a reduced price. Topics will include Native plants and pollinators, Wildlife in the Garden, Planning the Organic Vegetable Garden, Vegetable Plant Families, Diseases and Pests, Landscape Design, Soil Composition and Composting, Diseases in the Landscape, Growing Berries, Weeds and Invasive Plants and Annuals/Perennials. Visit the Dane County UW-Extension website for more information.

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Getting beautiful roses from the magazine page to the backyard

Winter is when you can finally enjoy the perfect rose garden. No black spot, aphid or faded blooms in the winter. Just imagine the perfect roses growing in your future summer garden.

Winter rose gardens bloom on the pages of magazines and glossy catalogs because winter is the season to order rose plants for early spring planting.

I promise you the perfect rose garden — on the pages of this free catalog …

Glossy paper, gorgeous photos and roses blooming against the brick walls of a classic English garden, that’s what you will find as you leaf through the 100 page catalog of David Austin Roses.

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You can go online and order this version of plant pornography (you will be lusting for these plants) by visiting, or, if you don’t want to have a physical catalog delivered in your mailbox, you can still banish winter by enjoying the images of perfect rose gardens on the website.

Things to know about David Austin Roses:

The company is based in England but has American growers, so your order will not be shipped from overseas. Bare root roses can be delivered to your door for winter planting.

It also offers cut roses for weddings and events, rose-growing tips and landscaping ideas.

These English roses are known for their fragrance, repeat blooms and in our climate, enthusiastic growth. Even a severe pruning will not keep them small. Give them lots of room.

Local nurseries offer some of the same David Austin roses you see in the catalog. You can also request a specific rose variety from your local nursery and it might be able to order one for you.

A new variety for 2018 is called Ronald Dahl to honor the author of “James and the Giant Peach” and, of course, this rose blooms a soft orange red with the blush of a ripe peach. The fragrance is fruity as well.

I promise you “no spray” roses if you grow Flower Carpet roses:

Flower Carpet roses or “carpet roses” are the world’s most popular ground-cover rose, and here in Western Washington the brand is consistently free of black spot even, if you never spray for any disease.

This is also the most drought-resistant rose, due to the breeding of a two-layer root system. The surface roots absorb water the first year when they need extra moisture to become established and then sink tap roots down deep to make carpet roses camel-like in their ability to survive droughts.

Things to know about carpet roses:

These shrubby roses have a multitude of blooms to add summer-long color but they do not hold up long as cut flowers and they do not have much fragrance.

Flower Carpet roses come in a rainbow of colors, including white, yellow, orange and red, but the deep pink seems to be the color you’ll find most often at local nurseries.

All do best in full sun, but can adapt to part shade.

Pruning these fast-growing roses is simple. Just hack them back every spring by one third to one half. Use hedge trimmers, a chain saw or loppers. You can’t make a mistake no matter how you prune the carpet roses.

Don’t let the term “ground-cover roses” fool you. They are not low growers. You can expect these landscape roses to grow at least 4 feet tall in our mild climate. They make a colorful hedge or blooming ground cover on a hillside and can also be grown in large pots.

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Meet Marianne

Marianne Binetti will speak at 2 p.m. Sunday (Jan. 28) at the Tacoma Home and Garden Show at the Tacoma Dome.

Thursday and Saturday: “The Art of Gardening – Make Like Monet But Keep It Simple.”

Friday and Sunday: “Hydrangeas, Hellebores and Heucheras: Year-Round Color With the Heavenly “H” Plants.”

For discount tickets and more information: visit

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Good to Grow: Reflect on your winter garden to best prepare for spring – Charleston Gazette

If you’re feeling philosophical, you could say winter is a time for rest and reflection. It follows the other seasons lazily, sliding in under autumn’s nose and settling down sleepily beneath a blanket of snow.

And, despite our protests, it leaves as reluctantly as it came, lingering in the air even after spring stirs the early bulbs into bloom.

As much as I dread winter weather, I often reap surprising rewards from the coldest months of the year. With outdoor activities severely limited, I find myself reflecting on my life and the world around me.

I love this because the introspection gives me an opportunity to fine-tune and adjust to the things I’ve learned over the year. It, ironically, gives me a chance to grow as a person while much of the world lies dormant.

You, too, can use winter downtime as an opportunity to assess almost anything in your life, including your garden. When perennials have died back and we’re left with bare wood and a monotone of evergreen, many would argue our gardens are at their least attractive. (That is, unless you’ve created a strong winter-interest garden, in which case, kudos.)

The minimalism of winter can be frustrating for many garden enthusiasts, but it gives us an unadorned look at the bones of our garden.

Let’s take advantage of that.

Pick a day when there is little to no snow on the ground. Bundle up, and bring something to take notes and pictures with.

Start with your garden entrance. What do you see?

Imagine you’re looking at a painting. What is the first thing your eye is drawn to? This will often be a tree or bush, though, if it’s in front of a house, it could also be a door, window or sculpture of some sort.

My house, for instance, has a brightly colored door and tall, decorative windows that compete for attention. I can choose to plant things that showcase my windows, or I could plant things that guide the eye to the entrance. I haven’t decided which to favor, but until I do, the effect is decidedly underwhelming.

Once you’ve found the focal point of your garden, decide if you’re happy with it. Is it a scraggly tree with little visual appeal? Is it an uninspiring front entrance that hasn’t seen a coat of paint or a new light fixture in 30 years?

Do you find nothing really stands out in your garden at all?

These questions give you a good starting point. Like any work of art, your garden should draw the eye easily, showing off its strongest features and then allowing the viewer to settle into the finer details at his or her leisure.

So give that tree or bush the loving attention it deserves if it can be salvaged. If not, either replace it with a new focal point, or shift your focal point to another part of your garden with a new plant. If your entrance is the focus, show it some love. It doesn’t take much to make a simple front stoop into an inviting entrance.

After addressing our headliners, it’s time to examine the supporting cast.

A garden needs structural plantings, or pieces that anchor it. This is often done with hedge shrubs like boxwoods and laurels, but you can also create the effect with grasses, small trees or bushes if the space allows, large rocks, or even artistic pieces. This often comes down to cost, space and preference.

Be sure to examine your garden from multiple angles. You may find you have plants that anchor your garden, but they’re a hodgepodge of orphaned plants that have nothing in common.

On the other hand, you may find that your anchor plants are so homogenous that you had to stifle a yawn before moving on. Both of these problems can be fixed with a little planning and plant shopping.

Generally, you want to have a theme. That could be different types of conifers, a color palate, a common height and size, or any other similarity to tie them together.

If you find that you have almost no anchor plants, I recommend finding some plants you think will suit your garden and be visible during the winter months. They don’t have to be complicated, they just have to be a steady presence in an ever-changing garden.

It may seem like a small thing, but stepping back and examining your garden critically can offer important insights into what can take it from something you threw together to a work of art.

So thank you, winter, for making us sit still and contemplate for a time. We are often better for it, even if we grumble along the way.

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Gather around garden writers at the Northwest flower show (photos …

One of the best parts of a horticulture event is meeting experts and authors you admire. The Northwest Flower Garden Festival, Feb. 7-11 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, makes it easy to listen and learn from people who know their way around what grows best in backyards.

Enthusiastic garden and interior designer JJ De Sousa, who owns Digs Inside Out, a home and garden boutique in Northeast Portland, will praise easy, evergreen airplants, or Tillandsias, on the DIY Stage starting at 3:15 p.m. on Feb. 8. She will also encourage “fearless” outdoor entertaining at 11:15 a.m. on Feb. 10 in the Hood Room.

Respected educator, garden writer and designer Lucy Hardiman of Perennial Partners in Southeast Portland will talk about cutting edge gardens in the Pacific Northwest starting at 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 7 and gardening in small spaces at 2:15 p.m. on Feb. 8. Both presentations will be held in the Rainier Room.

Seminars are included in the admission ticket, which can be purchased at the door for $24 (early bird tickets are $19). Multi-day passes are available for two or five days. For more information, visit or call 253-238-3807.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, Feb. 7-10, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 11.

Wander through the display gardens to see what designers and landscape companies see as the new trends, popular classics and aspirational features to incorporate in your landscaping. The Garden Party theme covers organic and urban gardening, sustainability, culinary ingredients and outdoor dining environments.

The Northwest Flower Garden Festival, the second largest flower and garden event in the country, attracts well-known garden writers, including those who are published by Portland-based Timber Press, which releases books on gardening, horticulture, botany, natural history and the Pacific Northwest.

Here is a list of Timber Press authors appearing at the 2018 Northwest Flower Garden Festival:

Debra Lee Baldwin, the best-selling photojournalist and author of “Designing with Succulents” and “Succulent Container Gardens: Design Eye-Catching Displays with 350 Easy-Care Plants,” will talk about succulents in containers on Feb. 7 and designing with the water-retaining plants in the Pacific Northwest on Feb. 8.

Linda Beutler, curator of the Rogerson Clematis Collection in West Linn, will share how to “Garden Like Austen: Plants Jane Knew and Grew, and So Can You!” on Feb. 8. Beutler is also the author of “The Plant Lover’s Guide to Clematis,” which is part of Timber Press’ Plant Lover’s Guide Series in association with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Jessi Bloom is the owner of NW Bloom, a permaculture design and ecological landscaping firm in Woodinville, Washington, and author of “Free-Range Chicken Gardens: How to Create a Beautiful, Chicken-Friendly Yard,” a 224-page paperback that covers chicken-keeping basics, simple plans to get you started, fencing options, the best plants and plants to avoid, and step-by-step instructions for getting your chicken garden up and running. Bloom, who also co-wrote “Practical Permaculture for Home Landscapes, Your Community, and the Whole Earth” with Dave Boehnlein, will talk about keeping chickens on Feb. 8 and the homegrown apothecary on Feb. 9. She will also teach a seminar on winning the war on weeds on Feb. 11.

Paul Bonineco-owner of Xera Plants in Southeast Portland, and co-author with Amy Campion of Gardening in the Pacific Northwest: The Complete Homeowner’s Guide,” will give a presentation on pint-sized plants on Feb. 8 and great plants adapted to Pacific Northwest climates on Feb. 9.

Janit Calvo, who will give an introduction to crafting for miniature gardens on Feb. 9, is the author of “The Gardening in Miniature Prop Shop: Handmade Accessories for Your Tiny Living World” and “Gardening in Miniature: Create Your Own Tiny Living World,” a 256-page guide to creating living, small-scale gardens. Information includes scaled-down garden designs, techniques for creating tiny hardscapes, miniature garden care and maintenance, tips on choosing containers, how to buy the right plants, and where to find life-like accessories.

Linda Chalker-Scott, who will make it clear that you have to deal with the soil you have during a talk on Feb 9, wrote “How Plants Work: The Science Behind the Amazing Things Plants Do.” The 236-page guide covers the science behind plants from the ground up, with information on cells, roots, nutrition, light and reproduction.

Karen Chapman of Le Jardinet garden design in Duvall, Washington, will talk about foliage ideas for gardeners on budgets on Feb. 7. She co-authored with Christina Salwitz Gardening with Foliage First: 127 Dazzling Combinations that Pair the Beauty of Leaves with Flowers, Bark, Berries, and More.”

Lorene Edwards Forkner, editor of Pacific Horticulture magazine, will talk about developing a relationship with nature through your garden on Feb. 9. She is the author of “Handmade Garden Projects: Step-by-Step Instructions for Creative Garden Features, Containers, Lighting More,” a 224-page paperback with helpful plant guides to accompany projects like flowering vines to climb a bamboo obelisk. She also wrote “The Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Pacific Northwest,” a 256-page paperback with a month-by-month format perfect for beginners.

Paige Embry, author of “Our Native Bees: America’s Endangered Pollinators and the Fight to Save Them,” will give a presentation on preserving these vital pollinators on Feb. 7 and reveal how to attract native bees for better fruit production on Feb. 9.

Susan Morrison, landscape designer and author of “The Less Is More Garden: Big Ideas for Designing Your Small Yard,” will offer a seminar on gardening in small spaces on Feb. 8 and talk about big ideas for a small yard on Feb. 10.

Bobbie Schwartz, owner of Bobbie’s Green Thumb in Ohio and author of “Garden Renovation: Transform Your Yard into the Garden of Your Dreams,” will speak about integrating design between your house and landscape on Feb. 7 and creative garden design on Feb. 8.

Richie Steffen, director and curator of the Elisabeth C. Miller Botanical Garden in Seattle, will offer a list of must-have plants for containers on Feb. 9. He is also the co-author with Sue Olsen of “The Plant Lover’s Guide to Ferns,” with advice on using ferns in garden design, information on growth and propagation, and lists of where to buy ferns and view them in public gardens.

— Homes Gardens of the Northwest staff with reviews by Sally Peterson

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Greenbrier County garden center to provide landscape during 2022 …

RENICK — Sunshine Farm and Gardens, an internationally known 60-acre plant nursery, garden center and arboretum near Renick, recently concluded negotiations with Tam Associates to provide landscape material for several locations in China.

The West Virginia-bred and grown plants will be used in the landscaping of several Olympic venues in the 2022 Winter Olympics, as well as for another commercial project in Liaoning Province. The plants will be shipped to China this winter and grown to maturity at several Chinese nurseries.

Beijing’s municipal government recently announced that preparing for the 2022 Winter Games is one of its top three priorities for this year, according to a Friday report from Xinhua, the official state news agency of the People’s Republic of China.

Work began on one of three planned Olympic villages surrounding Beijing late last year and, more recently, construction of two new competition sites and renovation of existing sports centers commenced, Xinhua reported.

While the Olympics-related project is more high-profile than most for Sunshine Farm Gardens, the mountaintop operation has exported plants to virtually every First and Second World country on the planet, the company’s president and founder, Barry Glick, told The Register-Herald.

For more information about Sunshine Farm Gardens, visit

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EXTENSION CONNECTION: Ferree Provides Garden Tip Videos

Last year I started producing short videos on various gardening topics. They are a lot of fun to make. Currently, I have 31 videos available, covering indoor and outdoor horticultural topics.

Last year I started producing short videos on various gardening topics. They are a lot of fun to make. Currently, I have 31 videos available, covering indoor and outdoor horticultural topics.

In my first educational video “Planting Fall Mums,” I demonstrate from my home garden how to plant fall mums. This two-minute video has 213 views – the most views of all my YouTube videos.

To date, the first eleven videos received 393 views, with “2017 Horticulture Program Outlook” and “Planting Fall Mum” receiving the most views. According to YouTube analytical data, these videos reach a majority of male viewers, which contrasts her other social media sites.

I have several videos that cover simple tips on houseplant care. After watching these short videos, even those with “brown garden thumbs” will know how to have healthy houseplants throughout their home.

Over watering house plants is very common. Watering Houseplants teaches you how to know when to water and how much to water your houseplants.

Selecting the correct pot and correctly handling the plant and roots are critical aspects of repotting houseplants. I demonstrate Repotting Houseplants from my home gardening work center.

Moving Houseplants Indoors shows how to clean and groom houseplants.

One of my most recent video spotlights African Violets. I provide tips to keep them flowering and looking their best.

For the most part, I use my backyard to film clips used in the videos. I consider my backyard a horticultural laboratory where I can do what I teach and teach what I do. My videos provide quick summaries of a particular topic and what the home gardener can do.

Each video begins and ends with guitar music I’m playing. The end of each video provides a University of Illinois Extension website link to more information, as well as links to my  ILRiverHort social media sites.

Extension has a reputation for providing the most current information in ways that reach people where they are. Videos offer daily gardening tips and ideas to help people grow their own food and enhance their landscapes. These videos provide trusted information in a complicated world of garden videos, websites, magazines, and television shows.

View these videos at You’ll also find current garden news on Rhonda’s ILRiverHort Facebook and Twitter pages.

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This week’s gardening tips: don’t miss the camellia show

Plant foxgloves, columbines, delphiniums and hollyhocks: These short-lived perennials are commonly used as cool-season annuals in Louisiana. Early planting is a key to success here. These plants often are planted in the fall, but you can still get excellent results if you plant transplants into the garden in February for bloom in April through early June. After flowering, foxgloves, columbine and delphiniums should be pulled up. Camelot foxgloves and Swan columbines are both Louisiana Super Plants selections.

Dan Gill is a horticulturist with the LSU AgCenter. Email questions to or add them to the comment section below. Follow his stories at, on Facebook and @nolahomegardenon Instagram.

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