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.
West Coast Salmon Saltimbocca Image by: Joe Kim
A known source of heart-healthy and anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids, salmon is a dinnertime superstar as it is rich, flavourful and healthy. Expand your salmon dinner repertoire with one of these favourite recipes.
There is nothing quite like salmon skin cooked to crispy perfection. The secret to the crispness is cooking the fish 90 percent of the way through on the skin side (in a nonstick pan!); the key to maintaining it is serving the fish skin side up so that the moisture from the fish and vegetables doesn't turn it soggy.
A handful of stellar ingredients pack a lot of flavour into this heart-healthy weeknight meal. Serve the dish alongside steamed mini potatoes tossed with olive oil and fresh garden herbs.
Everyone has a favourite go-to macaroni casserole, but this Salmon Cheddaroni from our archives might just become your new weeknight comfort meal. An easy bread-crumb topping creates a crispy crust, making every bite as tasty as the last. Serve with steamed vegetables.
A refreshing alternative to beef burgers, this salmon version is flavoured with tangy lemon juice and grainy mustard. For an even lighter dish, replace the sour cream with Greek yogurt.
There are few things more comforting than a bowl of rich, creamy seafood chowder. Sweet, licorice-like fennel naturally complements the seafood. Serve with oyster crackers or crusty bread and a simple green salad for a complete meal.
Nothing makes a tender fillet of salmon more appealing than a crunchy layer of panko. For even cooking, ask for salmon fillets that are all the same size and thickness. Serve with a simple tossed green salad or steamed asparagus.
Chef Gail McCully of Port Alberni, B.C., created this dish, which was the winner of the 2009 Master Garlic Chef cook-off. Port Alberni, the salmon capital of the world, has since adopted this delicious prosciutto-wrapped salmon as the official recipe of the Alberni Valley. Opt for wild-caught salmon if possible for our adaptation of the recipe.
A few fresh ingredients and a bit of flaky salmon give leftover mashed potatoes a tasty new lease on life. Depending on how salty your mashed potatoes are, you might want to add an extra pinch of salt. Serve with a simple green salad for a light lunch or dinner.
Golden, curry-scented kedgeree is a British dish traditionally made with smoked fish and basmati rice. We've borrowed a lot of the same flavours, added some healthful ingredients like kale, and taken a few shortcuts so you can create this dish in only 30 minutes, with minimal effort.
Choose thick skin-on fillets, as they'll hold together on the grill. Be gentle when turning the fish; it's best to use two spatulas, placing one under and one over the fillet.
Serve with hot cooked brown, wild or white rice. If the bok choy are tiny, you'll need two per person. You can use this marinade for other fish fillets, such as white fish, salmon, trout or tilapia, for equally delicious results.
The combination of sweet orange, savoury salmon and fresh herbs makes this pasta salad a tasty, healthful option. If you like, serve smaller portions as a side dish at your next gathering.
A simple mustard vinaigrette is all you need to amp up the fresh flavour of salmon. Currants add a touch of sweetness to the Swiss chard, but you can also use dried cranberries for an extra pop of colour. Chard stems are denser than the leaves, so be sure to cook them for longer.
Bursting with fresh flavours and bright colours, this summery main is a shoo-in for weeknight entertaining. Toast the couscous before cooking for a nice nutty flavour.
Miso paste brings a heady hit of umami to any dish; combined with the rich flavour of salmon, it'll hit dinner out of the park. Use a wide spatula to release the delicate fish from the grill and a pair of tongs to gently turn it.
This speedy yet elegant meal will impress even the most discerning dinner guest. If you can't find baby kale, you can easily substitute baby spinach.
Not all soba noodles are created equal. Check the ingredient list on the package to make sure your noodles have been made with 100 percent buckwheat flour. (Many brands use a mix of buckwheat and regular wheat flour.) Look for gluten-free soba noodles in health food stores.
This updated take on colcannon gets a nutrient boost from kale and substitutes less-starchy cauliflower for some of the traditional white potato. We've used a food processor to create a superfine purée, but you can use a food mill for an even smoother texture.
Grilling the salmon on water-soaked cedar planks infuses it with a delightfully smoky taste, plus the sauce gives it a golden glaze. If you can't do this outside, bake it on planks in a 425°F (220°C) oven for about 12 minutes.
These easy fish cakes are mostly made from ingredients you might have on hand. Fresh bread crumbs and eggs help to hold the cakes together. Make your own fresh bread crumbs by pulsing day-old bread in a food processor until it resembles fine crumbs. Freeze them in an airtight container for up to 2 months.
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