Swiss chard (in the beet plant family) is a great companion plant for cabbage family members, including kohlrabi and curly purple kale. The plants also stage a beautiful edible planting with contrasting colors and leaf textures. Other good cabbage family companions: lettuce, carrots, rosemary, oregano, marigold, nasturtium. Do not plant with beans, tomato, pepper or strawberry.
If perennial and ornamental grass stems aren’t clipped prior to winter, the early spring flower bed can appear messy. In fact, the remaining stems help protect perennial crowns through winter by trapping blowing leaves. Seedheads provide forage for birds, and stems offer nesting material.
DIY blogger Brittany Bailey (prettyhandygirl.com) knows a thing or two about home improvement, but for this project she didn’t have to lift a finger. She inherited this purple front door from the previous owners of her home and decided to keep it as is. The color, unique to Bailey’s neighborhood, pops against white trim and also picks up the color in the mosaic tile on the brick porch.
Everybody knows and loves the classic red front door—but the shade people usually pick is cranberry, which has blue undertones. To turn the temperature up a notch, push your red towards orange instead. As shown here, it makes a totally unexpected but satisfying pairing with weathered brick.