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Some of the silver plants in my yard provide the best foliage and year round good looks. The Helichrysum Icicles is a really good performer. It grows fairly quickly and loves the heat. Seems to be drought tolerant. The best thing about it though is it’s fragrance. I have it in my front yard right up against the walk because in the it smells like maple syrup. Many people stop and ask what it is because they notice the fragrance first. It’s just a bonus that it’s easy to grow.

It is in the foreground of this photo. Another great silver plant is nestled up next to the mums. It is Cerastium or “Snow in Summer”. This is a nice ground cover that hangs over walkways very nicely. It doesn’t have a fragrance, but it gets covered in white flowers that are quite pretty. These are two great silver plants that add some contrast against the darker plants in the yard.

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This tabletop was once used in an outdoor kitchen as a countertop. The owners decided to replace it ended up in the trash – it’s stainless steel! So it’s a good thing that my husband, Don, is great at repurposing wood and other things. He made this table with some 4 x 4’s that he had leftover from another project. It turned out really well.

patio table

He braced in on the underside with 2 x 4’s

When our old garden umbrella became ragged and unsightly, we purchased a new one. Not to throw things out too hastily, my husband, Don, put it aside for awhile in case we wanted to replace the canvas someday. It is wooden and is weathered with texture.  When we saw Christmas lights on clearance in January, Don came up with the idea to reuse the umbrella  in the garden for soft ambient light. He attached the lights to the umbrella with zip ties. Here is the result:

This is the umbrella in the garden during the day.