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Spring’s Most Elegant Flowering Bush

Spring’s Most Elegant Flowering Bush

Chinese snowball is the plant for a savvy spring gardener. Statuesque in scale, one bush is all you need to make a statement. Laden with hydrangea-like blooms, a single specimen can add oomph to the border or be trained into a small accent tree. This semievergreen blends beautifully into any yard.


The flowers are the draw here. From April into May (and even early June in cooler climates), you’ll be rewarded with spectacular, softball-size blooms. These flowers start out lime green and then open to pristine white. Because the blooms are sterile, this viburnum does not produce fruit. And while many viburnums are fragrant, Chinese snowball isn’t—a bonus for those with sensitive noses. Once flowering is done, this dense, round shrub blends into the background, allowing other plants to steal the show. One or two in a suburban-size yard are plenty.


Rusa Designed by Grant Kirkpatrick and Jon Wesley Rahman

Rusa Designed by Grant Kirkpatrick and Jon Wesley Rahman

Rusa is the work of KAA Design, a Los Angeles-based firm known for its work on the homes of Tom Hanks and Larry Ellison, and for commercial spaces like Hugo Boss. With beauty and craft as the cornerstones of their practice, this integrated team of architects and designers worked together to develop this collection. Rusa (2010) is all about casual comfort – an emphasis that was inspired by a trip Grant Kirkpatrick took to New Zealand. By spending time in small vacation homes called “bachs,” where people relax and connect with nature, the designer discovered innovative ways to create a rural retreat without sacrificing clean, contemporary design. He returned home and translated those ideas to the furniture the team was creating, employing simple joinery and classic lines to achieve a modern aesthetic. Suitable for residential and contract use.

Corian Outdoor Furniture by Avanzini

Corian Outdoor Furniture by Avanzini

Nature-inspired design with a modern twist gives this Corian outdoor furniture by Avanzini the edge on others! The Leaf line of outdoor furniture was created by architect Giancarlo Zema with folding, leaf-like forms that are soft to the touch and sweet on the eyes for a unique, one-of-a-kind patio, garden or balcony setting. This furniture features a flexible backrest that bends to your body’s curves for a level of comfort that is matched only by its chic look. Available in a range of hot hues like red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple and the classic black and white, your outdoor spaces will be as vibrant as you are! Check out this cool