The common name African daisy has been applied to almost every plant in the aster family that has come to horticulture from South Africa. The name has been used for Gerbera, Osteospermum, Arctotis and Dimorphotheca interchangeably, so we should think of it more as descriptive of a large group of plants, not one single genus. With this broad linguistic sweep, we gain hundreds of lively and colorful groundcovers and tender shrubs wonderfully adapted to our Missouri summer gardens. Visit any nursery or garden center today, and you will meet many of these excellent South African selections.
St. Louis interior designer Jay Eiler’s sleek navy study makes us want to clean up our act. All of this perfection begs the question: Does good design really encourage us to live and work more beautifully? We went to Eiler for answers.
Everyone loves a spring party! And what better theme to plan around in early May than the Kentucky Derby? You don’t have to be in Louisville to get into the Derby spirit.
Spring has sprung, bringing with it a lovely array of dazzling hues! Whether you’re in the mood for romance, whimsy or a hint of playfulness, these colors will have you covered!
Armed with a degree in horticulture from Southeast Missouri State University, Jim Graeler started out as “a guy with a pickup truck and a shovel,” taking lawn-care odd jobs throughout the city. Today, he and his family are celebrating the 25th anniversary of their thriving full-service landscaping company: Chesterfield Valley Nursery.
There’s no question LN readers are in-the-know, so who better to ask about the things that make St. Louis stand out and stand proud? Here, we present the very best, as selected by our readers, in the 2014 Ladue News Platinum List!
The spring thaw seems to be working its way to St. Louis, and this is the perfect time to start thinking about your new outdoor projects. In case you have something more elaborate than a few new flowers in mind for your backyard, we found two fantastic projects to get your creative juices flowing.
For many, it’s just not spring without a fresh bouquet of fragrant bulbs or a vivid arrangement of bright flora. To celebrate the season, local florists show us their take on spring floral designs.
Just like blooms peeking through the soil and baby bunnies taking their first hops, parties and gatherings are a sure sign of spring. From simple baby and bridal showers to large weddings and bar mitzvahs, these tips and ideas from local party planners will make your spring soiree breezy and refreshing.
Caroline Kelsey Designs
We’ve all been to a wedding where we are met by an usher who hands us a program for the ceremony. These programs provide a guide to the marriage ceremony; and some guests wish to keep these as a keepsake of the wedding. The program is especially useful if there are guests who are not of your faith. It will allow them to understand the sacred elements of your particular wedding service.
With a wedding fit for a princess and her prince charming, Stefanie Mark and Creve Coeur native Matt Pauley are ready for their happily ever after.
Whether you’re looking for traditional classics or modern music to be played by a string quartet or a full orchestra, some of St. Louis' best musical minds offer the perfect pieces for your wedding ceremony and reception.
Usually, the first thing a bride-to-be wants to discuss with a floral designer is color.
Grace Your Table with South African Splendor
‘Tis the season for an abundance of sparkle and shine and my favorite way to do this is with a subtle embellishment. Jewels, beading, bows—a little touch makes a big statement. And I love that I’m finding so many non-black items. While black is always chic, try mixing it up this season with navy, grays and whites.
Choosing music for your wedding should be one of the planning stage’s more enjoyable decisions, and it should be done together as a couple. While selecting music to celebrate your big day can be overwhelming (like everything else about the wedding), it can be simplified if you separate the decisions into ‘categories.’ There is appropriate music for religious ceremonies, as well as secular and ethnic weddings.
Our gardening romance with the most exotic and tropical-looking South African plants has very deep roots. Some 250 years ago, Scottish botanist Francis Masson was the first of the global plant explorers from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, to study these plants. Masson brought to horticulture more than 400 species of South African plants such as the king protea, geranium, cineraria, calla lily, bird of paradise, red-hot-poker, Agapanthus and Amaryllis belladonna. He deserves many thanks for his contributions to our garden world!
A year to recover
St. Louis was almost all prairie at the time of French settlement. Ladue, for example, had mixed vegetation, with open grasslands and patches of woods. Start this fall to prepare your grounds for easy spring pocket prairie planting.
GROWING FLOWERS--AND FRIENDSHIPS. LaVerne Brueggeman (left) admires her first-place entry at the 2013 Friendship Village Chesterfield Flowers Spring to Life Show with fellow residents Billie Greif and Marilynn Booher.