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30 Colorful Spring Container Gardens

30 Colorful Spring Container Gardens

Out with winter and in with these bright blooms for spring.

Now that spring has officially sprung, it’s time to cultivate your green thumb and assemble some beautiful flower combinations for container gardens. Container gardens offer the perfect landscaping solution for both gardening experts and rookies alike. Not to mention, they’re an easy and affordable way to refresh your front porch or patio, while injecting some color into your outdoor space when you have very little room to plant. Get ready to spring forward into a new season with vibrant potted plants that are just right for the South. After a long, dreadful winter, you’ll be grateful for these 30 heat-loving plants, blooming bulbs, and pretty annuals to capture spring in all its natural glory and create a welcoming front entrance to your home during warmer months.

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15 Over-the-Top Sorority Houses

15 Over-the-Top Sorority Houses

Sorority row never looked more grand and beautiful.

Beyond football and food, the most popular tradition in the South is joining a fraternity or sorority. Below the Mason-Dixon line, Greek life is a prominent part of the collegiate experience on Southern campuses to forge lifelong friendships, engage in positive community-building activities and, obviously, to throw the best parties. Since Southerners live by the motto, “the bigger, the better,” we thought we’d give you a peek inside the sorority houses whose exterior and interior adhere to that mantra. From breathtakingly beautiful chandeliers and structural columns to impressive baby grand pianos and eye-catching staircases, prepare to gasp in awe at the most envy-inducing and over-the-top sorority houses in the South that’ll make you want to rush ASAP.

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6 Tips for Living in a 660-Square-Foot Cottage

6 Tips for Living in a 660-Square-Foot Cottage

Living in a tiny house doesn’t mean you have to give-up style.

Photographer Josh Gibson and his interior designer wife, Michelle Prentice, weren’t looking to downsize when the small outbuilding behind their home came on the market in Beaufort, South Carolina. Beaufort’s historic preservation laws prevent historic structures from being torn down, so they decided to purchase the property. “It became clear that we should restore it to use as a guesthouse and Airbnb rental,” says Prentice. “It was uninhabitable when we got it. There was no insulation, it had only one window unit, and the floors were squishy,” says Gibson. “At first, we were just going to fix the structural issues and slowly work on the exterior, but then that became a complete yearlong gut renovation.” Along the way, they uncovered the home’s deep history. Footings for a 6-foot-wide fireplace found in the foundation and building-material inconsistencies revealed that half of the cottage was built in 1880 as a working kitchen for a larger house in the neighborhood. The second half of the home was added in the 1940s. Because of this, they nicknamed it “The Cook House.” As construction continued, the couple stayed the course, restoring the old Lowcountry cottage with both its integrity and their budget intact. “Where there’s a will, there’s a way,” say both Prentice and Gibson. Here are their tips for tackling a small cottage renovation.

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Here’s How a Self-Taught Gardener Grows Over 800 Tulips Every Spring

Here’s How a Self-Taught Gardener Grows Over 800 Tulips Every Spring

Linda Vater shares the tips she picked up when putting together her Oklahoma garden.

Tumbleweeds could have rolled through the barren yard of this 1935 Oklahoma City Tudor home 26 years ago when Linda Vater and her husband, Jamie, bought it. Now, it’s a kaleidoscope of bold colors, especially in spring, when about 800 tulips put on such a show that she often watches lines of cars rolling by to take them in. It’s a satisfying scene for Vater, a self-taught gardener who did all of this herself. All she knew when she moved in was that she loved the 100-year-old Shumard red oak that graces the front yard. “It’s the reason we bought the house,” she says. “Let me tell you—it’s rare to have such a big old tree in Oklahoma!” Vater’s love for that oak turned into a passion for plants, which eventually led to her role as the Garden Guru for a local TV station and a blog, potagerblog.com. See what Vater learned from her garden and what plants she used to make it a spring showstopper.

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There’s No Better Way to Celebrate the Southern Azalea Than With a Party

There’s No Better Way to Celebrate the Southern Azalea Than With a Party

Springtime is better with this iconic flower.

This spring, we decided to host a garden party to celebrate peak azalea season. Our casual alfresco event shows off the blooms with clever arrangements (yes, you can—and should—cut them), pretty table settings, and a just-right color scheme. If you were to count the number of times azaleas have appeared in Southern Living, you’d lose track. Our first cover (shot in Mobile, Alabama, in 1966) featured a sea of the blazing pink blossoms. And while it’s hard to imagine spring in the South without the iconic evergreen bushes, they actually didn’t arrive until the 18th century. They were delivered by boat from Asia and Europe to the U.S., where they soon found a welcoming home in the warm climate of Charleston, South Carolina. Not to be outdone, Mobile also stakes a claim to azaleas. Its nickname is the Azalea City, after all and we’re heading to Mobile to celebrate.

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17 Dreamy Hydrangea Gardens That Have Us So Ready for Spring

17 Dreamy Hydrangea Gardens That Have Us So Ready for Spring

Is it gardening season yet?

The South’s favorite flower has us counting down the days until our gardens are bursting with blooms again. We rounded up a few of our favorite hydrangeas to inspire our gardens—and help us get through the rest of winter.

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16 Perfect Pots for Indoor Plants Under $50

16 Perfect Pots for Indoor Plants Under $50

Go green without spending it.

When winter comes, even the most dedicated Southern gardeners trade their sprinklers in favor of watering cans, and start tending to their indoor houseplants. Looking for some stylish pots for your indoor plants? Here are our top picks that you can order online, right now. From handmade decorative flower pots to patterned pots made especially for growing succulents, these decorative plant pots are trendy, classic, and perfect for any household – plus, they’re affordable and functional.

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Our Favorite Christmas Table Settings

Our Favorite Christmas Table Settings

Dazzling displays for every holiday host and hostess

Gearing up for big holiday hosting plans? A successful soiree starts with a stunning table setting (and a festive Christmas tree). Here are 20 of our favorite Christmas dinner tables. Get your dining room dinner-party ready this holiday season with these stunning table arrangements. These Christmas dinner table decoration ideas are simple, stunning, and seasonal. Once you’ve set the Christmas dinner table, serve your equally-impressive holiday meal for a gathering that’s sure to be a hit.

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Best Christmas Décor From Magnolia Market

Best Christmas Décor From Magnolia Market

15 items making our holiday wish list this year

This Christmas, we are drawing major décor inspiration from Magnolia Market, the brainchild and swoon-worthy shop of Chip and Joanna Gaines. (You may have heard of them from a little HGTV show called “Fixer Upper” or one of their many other enterprises). Based in Waco, Texas this store has got it all, from shiny and sleek accessories to rustic and functional housewares. Luckily for us, and everyone outside Waco, they have quite the online shop as well. So we sorted through the charming Christmas section of the site and picked out the 15 things we will be dreaming of (sorry, sugarplums!) this holiday season. From clever felted mistletoe bundles and wreaths to quirky woodland creature ornaments, the shop does not disappoint. You can even save yourself the hassle and get premade paper snowflakes, perfect for giftwrapping. Plus, there are plenty of options that will seamlessly blend into any holiday décor style. Here are our picks for the best Christmas décor from Magnolia Market.

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We Can’t Decide if This is a Tiny House or a Garden Shed

We Can’t Decide if This is a Tiny House or a Garden Shed

This adorable little outbuilding is ready to become your backyard retreat.

The shed was built for the Mt Laurel community, the town of our beautiful 2016 Idea House. Come on over to Mt Laurel to see the structure for yourself. This summer, a space was built around the shed for a community garden—it is a focal point as you enter the neighborhood. New life grows each month as the garden flourishes, and the shed is at the center of it all. The garden allows neighbors to have fresh vegetables at their doorstep while also building their sense of communty as they help keep the garden up together. Think this little building would look great in your backyard? Find the plan here.

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