Blog Posts by Sunset Magazine

  • A 540-square-foot Home to Envy

    Interior designer Jessica Helgerson gives a sophisticated take on Oregon homesteading in this five-acre ode to self-sufficiency in Portland.

  • 13 Tasty Eggplant Recipes

    Get our favorite dishes highlighting the summertime staple, from grilled side dishes to zingy stir-fries.

  • 20 Design Tips for Small Bedrooms

    Make the most of a small bedroom with these savvy design solutions.

  • 77 Amazing Road Food Spots

    Start the car and bring your appetite. Here are the absolute best places to eat along Western highways.

  • 12 Great Low-water Plants

    These unthirsty succulents, flowers, and grasses will thrive with little care - even on a roof.

    1. Echinocactus grusoni

    Golden spines cover this slow-growing native Mexican cactus that reaches 4 feet tall and 2½ feet wide. Small yellow flowers top the plant in summer. Sunset climate zones 12-24.

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    2. Lewisia cotyledon 'Sunset Strain'

    This bloomer, from California and Oregon, has evergreen foliage and reaches a foot high and 10 inches wide. It's great in rock gardens, but needs excellent drainage. Zones 1-7 and 14-17.

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    3. Nassella tenuissima

    Wispy green blades form clumps reaching 2 feet tall and wide. This grass found in Texas, New Mexico, and Mexico develops blond summer flower heads. Zones 2b-24.

    Find your climate zone

    4. Sedum spathulifolium 'Cape Blanco'

    Tiny blue-green leaves form tight rosettes on trailing stems. This low grower from California makes a great groundcover. Zones 2-9 and

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  • 28 Fresh Corn Recipes

    Grill it to perfection, turn it into the perfect summer salad, make tamales, and more.

  • Top 10 Wineries & Tasting Rooms

    Head to our favorite places to sip and swirl.

    Kunin Wines, Santa Barbara

    Ditch the drive over the pass to wine country and taste as any biped should: on foot. We like Kunin Wines, in a WWII Army barrack turned tasting room. The honeysuckle-ish Viognier is a great pour.

    More about Kunin Wines

    Justin Vineyards & Winery, Paso Robles

    It's famous for its "Isosceles" blend.

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    Clos Pegase, Calistoga

    The striking "temple to wine and art," designed by architect Michael Graves, houses an art collection but is itself the real work of art worth stopping for. The Mitsuko's Vineyard wines are special.

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    Dutton-Goldfield Winery, Sebastopol

    Dan Goldfield took top honors as our 2010 Winemaker of the Year, for Dutton-Goldfield Winery. Go visit the tasting room and see what we've been fussing about.

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    Lambert Bridge Winery, Healdsburg

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  • 29 Fresh Berry Recipes

    When markets and farm stands are brimming with ripe berries, savor them in creamy tarts, drinks, salads, and muffins.

  • 20 Outdoor Entertaining Tips

    In the West, we can hike in January, picnic in March, and even celebrate Thanksgiving--at least partly--outdoors. Here are our ideas for year-round entertaining outside.

    Outdoor entertaining: Early-evening cocktails
    Even if it's too brisk for an entire open-air dinner, you can still start the party alfresco.

    1. Quick spritzer: Instead of the expected cranberry, surprise your guests with pear: Fill a glass halfway with pear nectar (we like Kern's) and top it with your favorite prosecco.

    2. Easy eats: Make your own toasted herbed almonds: Combine 2 cups raw almonds, 2 tbsp. sea salt, 1 tbsp. finely minced rosemary, and 2 tsp. olive oil. Roast on a sheet pan for 10 to 12 minutes at 350°.

    Mobile drink station
    3. Hands-free hosting: Set up an aperitif and appetizer cart with pour-your-own cocktails and grabbable nibbles.

    4. Creative cooler: Keep the bubbly on ice in a garden pot.
    > Get it

    Make your own drink tags
    5. DIY drink IDs:
    With a

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  • 19 Garden Border Designs

    See how to use foliage and flowers to soften a wall, accent a lawn, or fringe a path.

    Herb border
    Combine thyme, oregano, English lavender, and sage for a gorgeous herb border. Once established, these herbs need only little to moderate watering and occasional fertil- izing to look good for most of the year in mild climates.
    > More: 9 indispensable herbs to grow

    Colorful border for three seasons
    Flowers that bloom over a long season and require only modest amounts of water or time ― isn't that what we all want? Choose the right plants and you can have vibrant borders from spring through fall.
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    Pool garden border
    Borders don't have to be large or complex to have visual impact; just four or five well-chosen plants can work wonders. Here, a border of purple African daisies, lobelia, sea lavender, and silvery dusty Miller hugs a pool in Scottsdale, AZ.

    Lawn accent
    Red kangaroo paws and yellowish orange

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