Zucchini flowers need pollinated to produce squash, so vines benefits from having flowers nearby to beckon bees. Good flower choices include Salvia coccinea, oregano, marigold, borage, dill and nasturtium. Other good zucchini companions: corn, garlic, radish, pea, spinach. Do not plant with potato.
Designer Barbara Westbrook stuck with a clean and simple color palette in her Great Room design. Westbrook advises keeping your coffee table pared back "but make sure everything on it is special." Shop your own home for unique objects to group together. Westbrook painted this simple oak tray black for drama and to better highlight the white objects featured. If a favorite object is past its prime or just needs a refresh, spray paint is a great, cheap tool. It can also bring continuity to a room design, as with this black and white room.
DIY Network's Million Dollar Contractor, hosted by "Contractor to the Stars" Stephen Fanuka, put an interesting twist to this upstairs hallway seating area. He combined a tufted alcove seat with carpeted walls in the same tone of blue. Storage was provided underneath the seating area.
Hosta ‘France Williams’ is named for Frances Ropes Williams, who graduated as one of the first landscape architects from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She was passionate about hosta varieties — before they were a favorite plant among gardeners. In 1936 at Bristol Nursery in Connecticut, she discovered a hosta with blue-green leaves edged in gold. That hosta eventually became her namesake.