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Marrying indoor and outdoor

lavender_topMarrying indoor and outdoor spaces can even extend to plants and landscaping. Indoors and out, choose plants with foliage and flowers that echo the dominant and accent colors in your surroundings.

For example, maybe you have lavenders or purples inside. Outdoors, adding some annuals in these shades to flower beds and pots is an easy way to flow these colors throughout your environment. Petunias, coleus, and vincas are obvious choices but there are many more and May is the perfect time to visit a local nursery to seek them out. If  you’re itching to update your landscaping or maybe just needing to fill in some spots, think about adding flowering shrubs or vines in these hues. Now you have integrated color schemes in both areas and possibly some great additions to indoor flower arrangements too! Lilacs, for example, are a long-time favorite both indoors and out. One of the newest trends is to use unique, organic elements like stems from blackberry bushes—bearing fruit, of course—in arrangements. I recently saw a beautiful bouquet of blackberry branches, scented geraniums and mixed herbs that was as gorgeous as it was fragrant. When you start thinking about the areas as one encompassing space, you’ll begin to see possibilities for using living things indoors that you might have overlooked before.

Mentioning that bouquet reminded me about perennials and herbs, which are more great ways to blend indoor and outdoor spaces. Lavender is another classic choice for the garden. Dried or fresh, the blooms are as lovely and fragrant indoors as they are out. More classics, again keeping with the purple theme, are pansies and violas. Keep them free of chemicals and you can toss them into salads for a touch of sweetness and a splash of color or use them to decorate the tops of cakes and cupcakes.