Magazine article Sunset


Magazine article Sunset


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Contain yourself

With its lineup of garden vessels that go way beyond terracotta, Los Angeles's Potted ( has long been one of our favorite shops in the West. Now, owners Annette Goliti Gutierrez and Mary Gray have brought their eye for design to a series of DIY projects with their new book, Potted: Make Your Own Stylish Garden Containers (Timber Press; $20). The book features 23 ideas for making containers out of affordable, accessible materials, and one of our favorites is a project using shibori, the Japanese technique of binding and dyeing fabric to create a variety of patterns. Look for sturdier textiles that can hold a shape, like canvas, upholstery fabrics, and outdoor materials. The draped treatment also serves a practical purpose, allowing larger plants to live in their original nursery containers-where they're often happiest for a few years, ¿x


Pair a dreamy cerulean Salvia patens 'Patio Deep Blue' in a pot with a bright yellow Rudbeckia hirta such as 'Prairie Sun' for a sensational combo that will bloom into the fall.

Sow seeds of beans, corn, cucumbers, melons, and squash, including pumpkins for Halloween. If you've never grown pumpkins before, a mini version such as 'Mini Jack' (renees is a forgiving and quick-maturing choice.

Plant basil seedlings every three to four weeks for a steady supply of the herb all summer. Basil likes full sun, regular water, and rich garden soil. Pinch off flowers and harvest leaves regularly for bushy growth. …

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