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Southern Living

Southern Living September 2017

SOUTHERN LIVING celebrates the legendary food, gracious homes, lush gardens, and distinct places that make the South unique. In every edition you’ll find dozens of recipes prepared in our famous test kitchens, guides to the best travel experiences, decorating ideas and inspiration, and gardening tips tailored specifically to your climate.

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in this issue

2 min.
the sweetness of fall

BY THE TIME this issue hits your mailbox, my kids will be back in school and the chaos of fall will be in full swing. I know, it still feels like summer, but there’s nothing summery about homework, soccer practice, music lessons, math tests, and getting cranky kids out the door at dawn. The transition can be rough, especially for parents who are trying to make lunches and get dinner on the table, or for grandparents who are being summoned to games, recitals, and school plays. Just when you want to bake an apple pie, put up some vegetables, or watch a football game, you’re no longer in charge of your calendar. But fall in the South is too sweet to be undone by busy schedules. There are ways around this. When…

4 min.
a texas fiesta

BEAUTIFUL SPACES — INSIDE AND OUT A Festive Table I wanted to keep the mood lively and the decor interesting—it was a spirited fiesta, after all! We layered different patterns, added pops of bright colors, and mixed new and old pieces, which included my mom’s Mexican pottery. I’M A HOMESICK TEXAN living in New York City. So when I travel back to Dallas, I always try to combine both of my loves in one delicious evening: a Mexican dinner with dear friends. Though my mother is a great hostess, she’s not as great a cook. When I was growing up, her most demanded meals were beans and cornbread, tacos, and quesadillas. Simple foods, yes, but she always threw creative dinner parties with beautifully set tables and invited a group of hilarious friends who…

2 min.
the shapely boxwood

“BOXWOOD IS LIKEthe ‘little black dress’ of plants. Every garden should have one,” says Cedar Baldridge, a Houston landscape designer who includes them in all of her garden designs. And how could she not be a fan? The shrub’s small, dense, evergreen leaves have a versatile and sculptural quality. They can be coaxed into decorative topiaries; shaped into tall, thick hedges that hide and protect; or used as low parterres that organize other plants. The boxwood has been a staple of fine gardens for millennia, spanning from the formal hedges of ancient Egypt to the palatial gardens of Greece and Rome to the tidy landscapes of Colonial Williamsburg. But it is no longer just for the ancient, the elite, or the green-thumbed. Though a nasty blight gave the shrub a bad…

1 min.
there’s a boxwood for everyone

“Offering a unique upright, conical shape, ‘Dee Runk’ boxwoods are ideal for using as focal points on the corners of parterre gardens or to frame a walkway.” —BENNETT SAUNDERS Piney River, Virginia; saundersbrothers.com “With its dense foliage and small size, ‘Baby Gem’ is great for low hedges. It requires only one or two trimmings per year. Once established, it’s also quite drought tolerant.” —TROY RHONE Birmingham; troyrhone.com “An excellent hybrid, ‘Green Velvet’ combines several sought-after features of boxwoods. The glossy green leaves round nicely and hold up well through the winter and our humid summers.” —ABRAHAM ODREZIN Birmingham; lorberbaumodrezin.com “I like using variegated English boxwood as a punctuation point. It adds a happy pop to a sphere or topiary shape at the end of a hedge.” —CEDAR BALDRIDGE Houston; baldridge landscape.com Try a hardier alternative to the persnickety English boxwood. “My go-to boxwood…

3 min.
the grumpy gardener

ROCK ON There is a huge rock in the ground a few inches below the surface where I want to plant a Black Diamond series crepe myrtle. The roots would all have to grow sideways. Would this be feasible? —THE 439 “The 439.” Let me guess. Your senior class had 439 people, and that was your class rank? (Just kidding. Grumpy was mean.) Planting where you propose means very little soil for the roots to grow in. As a result, the tree will be very prone to water stress during hot, dry weather and might topple in high winds. Unless you can plant with a jackhammer, this sounds like a rather dubious project. DIVIDE AND CONQUER This fall, I’m going to lift and divide my 100-plus daffodils. I would like to plant perennials over…

1 min.
small-space living

CHOOSE THE RIGHT BREED Don’t assume that only tiny dogs are best for tight quarters. Seek out big or small breeds that are friendly to strangers and don’t bark too much. Try one of these. ENGLISH BULLDOG: This is one of the calmest, laziest breeds you could ever bring home. COTON DE TULEAR: Petite, smart, and playful, this hypoallergenic breed is the quintessential lapdog and a great companion. FRENCH BULLDOG: Famous for their intelligence as well as their sedentary nature, Frenchies make ideal apartment mates. GREAT DANE: Gangly, loyal, and sweet, these are the original gentle giants. GREYHOUND: Adopt a retired racing greyhound; he will easily adapt to a calmer lifestyle. HAVANESE: Curious, nimble, and eager to learn new tricks, these small, poodle-like pooches tire out quickly. BE A GOOD OWNER & NEIGHBOR ▸ Check with your landlord before…