What happens when a plant biologist and a landscape artist team up to create a garden on a California hillside? Surprising plant combinations at every turn.
Landscape architect Jarrod Baumann practically skips down the steps of the sprawling hillside garden, pointing out a vibrant mix of flowers near the pool. "That's our little nursery," he says. The plants are extras, parked here until he dreams up a home for them elsewhere on the grounds. Baumann looks every bit the young artist--an apt comparison. "When you love plants as much as I do, you pull them out like paints, and paint the garden with them."
Luckily, for this project he got to work with someone equally passionate. Carol Giannandrea, the property's owner (with her husband, John), is a plant biologist with a weakness for cactus, succulents, and citrus. She hired Baumann four years ago to convert her country-style garden in Los Gatos, California, into a more modern landscape.
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From all-to-yourself islands to hidden beach towns to iconic coastal experiences, the West has the beach vacation of a lifetime in store for you.
Quintessential Oregon beach town
As any upstanding Oregonian knows, the real old school Oregon coast lies down south, in quintessential Oregon beach towns like Bandon. You expect festivity: seaside carnival barkers, maybe a roller coaster. But actually … nothing is happening in Bandon. Tourists schlump down the street sipping coffee at the mouth of the Coquille River, at the town's edge. Seagulls squawk on the Boardwalk, and a few sprightly old ladies sample the gratis cranberry candies at the Chamber of Commerce. The world slows down, and you notice things. Like the vibrant green algae growing on the rocks in the tidal flats south of town. Stroll out toward those rocks and look down, for Bandon's best beachcombing is here. Bandon's beaches can seem otherworldly, like a backdrop to a Maurice Sendak story. Stairs lead you down to the sand. Here is a little caveRead More »from Top 14 Beach Towns
These low-cal, no-cook salads, appetizers, and entrées make quick solutions for summer meals, ready in 30 minutes or less.
A hint of peanut satisfies
Spicy Peanut, Carrot, and Snap Pea Wraps
Store-bought or home-made, wraps work well as road food: Unlike sandwiches, they don't leak their fillings out the sides.
1/4 cup natural crunchy peanut butter
1 teaspoon Asian chili paste
1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
2 whole-wheat tortillas (9 in.)
1 cup coarsely shredded carrots
1 cup snap peas sliced diagonally
In a small bowl, whisk peanut butter, chili paste, soy sauce, and 2 tbsp. water to blend. Evenly divide mixture between tortillas and spread in a rectangle down the middle of each, leaving a small border. Evenly top rectangles with carrots and snap peas, then roll-up burrito-style.
Make ahead: Up to 4 hours, wrapped in plastic or foil.
Note: Nutritional analysis is per wrap.
Prep time: 15 Minutes
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Amount per serving
A Pasadena couple reveals how to live with a daring palette.
The no-fear guide to color
One look at the electric blue and gray hexagonal tile in Jon Leaver and Tyke O'Brien's kitchen, and you wouldn't think they went with the safe choice. But in the couple's 1940s Pasadena bungalow, "safe" is a relative term. "For us, it's a bigger risk to do something boring," says O'Brien.Read More »from 15 Ways to Add Bold Color to Your Home
The whole house reflects that spirit of brio. Inspired by photos of rooms with dark walls, the couple--both teachers who moonlight as interior designers--painted the kitchen cabinets and walls charcoal gray and covered the floor in the colorful geometric tile. Their living room palette? Teal and hot yellow. Even the front door didn't escape without a graphic motif.
To make room for all this color and pattern, the couple left most walls pale gray or white. "Light dove gray is the best canvas to set artwork against," O'Brien says. "We love how color pops against it." When a space has one big gesture, such as
These garden beauties thrive in summer heat and bloom nearly nonstop into fall. (You've got a shady yard? No worries; read about shade-loving gardens here.)
Daisylike and tough
These daisylike flowers are available in lavender, pink, or white. Three varieties we like: A. cordifolius Cape Cod (climate zones 1-10, 14-21), A. c. Little Carlow (zones 1-10, 14-21), and A. novi-belgii Melody (zones 1-24).Gold and chocolate
Not sure what zone you live in? Find out here.
Once you know your zone, find out what will grow best in your area.
Gloriosa daisy (Rudbeckia hirta)
Deep golden petals radiate from chocolate centers on 2- to 4-inch-wide flowers.Double and semi-double
Plants reach 3 to 4 feet tall and 1 ½ feet wide. Shorter varieties such as Goldilocks and Toto top out at 10 inches tall.
Coreopsis (C. grandiflora)
Fluffy, golden yellow blooms atop tall stems. "Sunray" is a dense, compact selection with double and semidouble flowers. Zones 2-24, H1, H2.Might need some shade
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Get outdoors and skip the lines during the high season.
Utah's second-largest national park
Capitol Reef, UT
Annual attendance: 700,000Read More »from National Park Secrets: How to Avoid the Crowds
Why it's awesome: It's Utah's second-largest national park, with slot canyons, arches, cliffs, and 31 miles of well-marked trails--yet only one-fifth the number of Zion's visitors. Throw in ancient petroglyphs, a river running through a lush valley of 2,000 fruit trees, crazy geology like the 100-mile-long Waterpocket Fold, and the knockout 8-mile Scenic Drive (sans traffic).
Trail to yourself: It's a steep 2 miles up the Golden Throne Trail, but the views will do their mightiest to distract you.
OMG moment: Walking the Hickman Bridge Trail, a 133-foot-long natural stone bridge, with the Fremont River rushing nearby.
Where to pitch a tent: With a free wilderness permit from the visitor center, you can pitch a tent in the backcountry. Or choose one of the 71 shaded sites along the river at Fruita Campground ($10).
Where to book a room: Head to the funky town of Torrey, 10 miles
Give in to decadence with these irresistible desserts worthy of special occasions or just a treat.Read More »from 8 Favorite Summer Fruit Desserts
Fancy Fruit Platter
This simple and beautiful way to serve a fruit salad was inspired by the fruit-vendor carts on city streets in Mexico.
Yield: Serves 4 to 6
Total: 1 Hour
1 mango, peeled, pitted, and cut into large chunks
1 papaya, peeled, seeded, and cut into large chunks
1/2 pineapple, peeled, cored, and cut into large chunks
2 limes, quartered
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon cayenne
1. Preheat oven to 325°. Use an ice pick or screwdriver and a hammer to pierce the eyes of the coconut. Set coconut, eyes down, in a colander set into a bowl to drain (the coconut's milk is great to sip). Place coconut in oven on a baking sheet and bake until cracked around center, about 25 minutes.
2. Let coconut cool slightly; then, using the claw side of the hammer, tap the coconut all over to break into chunks. Pull off and
We collaborated with the Chefs Feed app to bring you a highly opinionated list from all corners of the West from the people who know food best.
Restaurant: Cafe Aion, Boulder
Recommended by: Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson of Frasca Caffe, Frasca Food and Wine, and Pizzeria Locale
"A fun meal meant to be shared," says Mackinnon-Patterson of this tapas bar's star dish. "The flavor combination is amazing and well-balanced--sausage, tomato, chicken, and mussels work beautifully with the saffron rice." 1235 Pennsylvania Ave., Boulder, CO; cafeaion.com.
Green Buzz Açaí Bowl
Restaurant: Choice Health Bar, MauiStunning blend of flavors
Recommended by: Sheldon Simeon of Aloha Mixed Plate, Leoda's, and Star Noodle
This simple counter's spoon-worthy smoothie "gives you a super-focused boost of energy," says Simeon, thanks to açaí, berries, spirulina, coconut water, and toppings that include bee pollen and goji berries. 1087 Limahana Place, Lahaina, Maui, HI; 808/661-7711.
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Go nose-to-nose with a great white off Baja's Guadalupe Island, where shark sightings are all but guaranteed.
A common sight
Every week is shark week
Guadalupe sees more than 120 sharks a season (June through November).White reading
Did we lose you right after "Baja?" Here are some tamer Mexican adventures.
Sink your teeth into the literature
A little great white reading: The 20-hour voyage from San Diego gives you a chance to bone up on sharks.The cage
Setting the stage
Cages for certified divers are lowered 30 feet into the water.Patience pays off
More offbeat scuba-diving locations
The waiting game
Safe in his cage, breathing oxygen pumped to him from the boat above, a shark watcher waits for the great whites to arrive.Ready for its close-up
A shark watcher grabs a quick video of passing great white.Problem solvers
More water-based adventures
"They're smart," says Lawrence Groth, who as proprietor of Great White Adventures is making his 180th trip to the area. "They know we pull the line in to the boat when we see them coming, soRead More »from Go on a Shark Diving Adventure
Reinvent the campfire favorite with our grown-up flavor combinations--plus get more inventive ideas for camping treats.
Chocolate and Peanut Butter S'mores
Anyone who's outgrown classic s'mores will love this version: gooey-sweet melted marshmallow tempered by bittersweet chocolate cookies and salty roasted peanuts. Spread 1 tablespoon peanut butter (at room temperature, for easy spreading) onto a thin, crisp chocolate water (such as Nabisco Famous Chocolate Wafers). Slide 1 skewer-toasted marshmallow onto peanut butter. Top with a second wafer and squish down gently. Eat, licking fingers.Try Nutella
Did you know you can make your own marshmallows?
Nutty Banana S'mores
Make these s'mores with graham crackers, a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup (or Nutella), sliced banana, and marshmallow.Strawberry
Make your own graham crackers!
Strawberry and Chocolate S'mores
Take the classic campfire dessert up a notch by adding strawberry slices to Graham crackers, dark chocolate, and roasted marshmallow.Ginger and caramel
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