A carefully chosen, personalized plant makes a lovely Valentine's Day present. What's more, it's a charming and affordable solution for a thoughtful child who wants to surprise his or her grandparent or a special teacher. Using this easy technique, you need only a few basic supplies to embellish a beautiful flowering primrose.
A flowering member of the mint family, catnip releases an aromatic oil that sends most cats into a blissful frenzy. This simple and inexpensive mouse-size toy, filled with catnip and sewn by hand, will provide your cat with hours of entertainment.
Sold in a variety of shapes and sizes at masonry yards, clay chimney flue liners cost less than terra-cotta pots. Use them to display a bevy of brightly colored plants, such as (left) Bouvardia ternifolia, Abutilon 'Dwarf Red,' Duranta erecta 'Golden Edge,' Coleus 'Sedona,' Ruta graveolens 'Blue Beauty,' and Colocasia esculenta 'Fallax.'