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MAY-JUN 2019

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Southern Plantings Primer There's more to a beautiful home than what exists inside its walls. James Farmer takes us out the back door and shares his Southern garden stalwarts and what they bring to the table both outdoors and indoors. ASPIDISTRA Often referred to as cast iron plant because of its tough nature, aspidistra's lush, sword-shaped leaves add sculptural appeal when sparsely arranged in a tall, slender vessel. Because they are malleable, they easily roll up to line the inside of a clear vase. BOXWOOD When properly pruned, boxwoods add structure to a garden and make enchanting sentries for guarding gates. When pruning, save a few sprigs to use as filler in a colorful bouquet. SASANQUA CAMELLIA From the purest white to the most radiant red and every shade of pink in between, this sister of the more common Camellia japonica looks just as lovely on the bush as it does on the table. Float a single blossom in a "Charleston camellia bowl" for an easy, elegant presentation on a table, or arrange them alongside pineapples, citrus, and nandina berries as a lively display on a buffet FERNS A trio of ferns is truly terrific! Holly, Southern wood, and autumn varieties provide rhythm and texture almost year-round. Use them to soften a home's foundation, skirt a tree, or drift amidst anchor plantings. HYDRANGEAS The more the merrier when it comes to these cloudlike clusters. Plant groupings of macrophylla varieties, such as 'Nikko Blue' and 'Merritt Blue,' with panicle hydrangeas like 'Limelight' and 'Little Lamb' for a showstopping hedge. ABOVE: "It's like Southern style meets Hamptons style," says Farmer of the pool house that was converted from a barn. BELOW: The 800-square-foot addition was seamlessly integrated thanks to architect Norman Askins. OPPOSITE: The screened porch epitomizes Southern style with a bed swing made in South Carolina and chairs from Georgia. 68 | M AY/J U N E 2 0 1 9 For more information, see Sources, page 86

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