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This is her favorite time of day, her favorite time of year, when the new flowers blossom for the first time. No one has seen daylilies like these before, not even their caretaker, Suzanne Franklin, who walks through the garden with the pride of a mother and the wonder of a child.
The best way to keep houseguests self-sufficient is to give them their own enticing space, says Brian Patrick Flynn. The quippy designer for HGTV’s Urban Oasis 2015 lives in Atlanta but regularly escapes to a wooded home in Ellijay that he shares with partner Hollis Smith, who has his own challenging schedule as part of the costume department for The Walking Dead.
Any outdoor room is nice, but a courtyard scores extra points. “It’s an exterior space that’s cozy and private,” says Atlanta architect Timothy Adams, whose patio design in Watercolor, Florida, is surrounded by the house.
Plants most likely to survive Atlanta’s unpredictable weather extremes are native species, and the place to find the widest selection of them is at the Georgia Native Plant Society’s annual sale.
This East DeKalb nursery offers one of the most wide-ranging selections of hard-to-find Japanese maple cultivars in the Southeast, a collector’s dream of unusual conifer cultivars, and more than 200 hosta varieties.
Tour landscapes designed on a realistic scale—like most gardeners’ actual yards—and meet the green thumbs who grew them at this annual Mother’s Day weekend tour.