Photo courtesy of pi'lo
Photo courtesy of pi'lo
Stylist Sasha Seymour creates containers with unexpected plant combinations to dress up your garden for summer.
The combination of silvery grey, chartreuse and purple plantings is fresh and modern, especially when set in a contemporary concrete container.
Tip: Trailing herbs make fantastic fillers.
A grouping of containers in different sizes is unified by the plants within and the palette.
Tip: Choose three shades of hydrangea for a trendy ombré effect.
Texture is the word here. The arrangement is much like a border of mixed perennials on a smaller scale.
Tip: At the end of the season, plant hardy perennials in your garden.
This classy container is potted with a dashing trio— English lavender, common flowering quince and tuberous begonia.
Tip: Add lovely fragrance to your container with English cucumber.
The sunny blooms of the peony and begonia, combined with hyacinth and Boston fern, have welcoming appeal.
Tip: Decorate your outdoor dining table with this cheeful container.
Pick your pot
Make a statement in your garden with one of these shapely containers.
1. Carnivale large white planter, $70, crateandbarrel.com.
2. Footed urn planter, $149, crateandbarrel.com.
3. Radius medium planter, $99, westelm.com.
4. Root and Stock rectangular planter box, from $159, wayfair.ca.
5. Canvas modern urn planter, $70, canadiantire.ca.
Check out how to make a living floral arrangement.
Avocados are more than just a popular trend among self-proclaimed "foodies." This stone fruit can help make your diet healthy and tasty!
Whether it's in a smoothie, on toast, or in guacamole, avocado has proven itself in the food world. It's tasty, has a creamy texture and is super healthy for you. Adding avocado to your balanced diet has been linked to reducing the risk of many food intake-related health conditions. Heres some health benefits of the fruit:
1. They're good for your heart.
Avocados are high in monounsaturated fatty acids (aka. good fats), which can help the body keep cholesterol—a risk factor for heart disease— in check. And recent research out of Pennsylvania State University has found that avocados actually lower cholesterol better than other healthy fats, such as olive oil.
2. They improve nutrient absorption.
There are some food combinations that boost the body’s uptake of certain nutrients. It turns out, the avocado is a one-stop shop for nutrient absorption. According to a study from Ohio State University, the fats in avocados helped participants better absorb cancer- and disease-fighting carotenoids such as beta-carotene, which is found in carrots. It also helps the body convert them to vitamin A, which has an important role in growth and development, eye sight and even immunity.
3. They help you lose or maintain weight.
While an avocado can pack about 250 calories, those calories are well spent, especially if you're trying to curb cravings for less healthy foods. Researchers have found that adding half of an avocado to your lunch can help you feel satiated and avoid snacking later. Another study, published in Nutrition Journal in 2014, found that eating avocado was linked with a 40 percent reduction in the desire to eat over the three-hour period that followed.
4. They can help you see clearly.
Avocados are actually great for vision. They contain two phytochemicals that provide antioxidants to reduce damage from UV light. Because of their ability to improve nutrient absorption mentioned above, they also reduce the risk of developing retina disease, macular degeneration that can come with aging, according to Medical News Today.
5. They can protect you from disease.
Because of the high concentration of dietary fibre in avocados, incorporating them into your diet and making sure you are getting enough fibre in your day to day life can significantly lower your risk for chronic disease. Risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes and more can be reduced according to a study done by the Department of Internal Medicine and Nutritional Sciences Program of the University of Kentucky.
Looking for healthy and delicious ways to add avocados to your diet? Here are some Canadian Living recipes to add to weekday dinner options:
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