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Inspiring Ideas for York Homeowners

Doors that Make a Statement Inviting Living Room Layouts Choosing the Perfect Hot Tub


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York House2Home is a quarterly homeowners magazine that offers inspiring ideas and useful tips from local experts. Each issue provides stories regarding home building, renovation, design, and ownership. Articles feature new trends and timeless strategies to help homeowners navigate every area of home décor, product selection and maintenance to create exceptional and functional indoor and outdoor living spaces. York House2Home is committed to helping homeowners transform houses into homes.  York House2Home is distributed throughout greater York County using an integrated strategy that includes print, online and event outreach. It is read by more than 40,000 York County residents and homeowners. York House2Home publishes in March, July and October. 

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– Beautiful + Livable...Design that Works 11 By Ellen Dougherty-Saylor

– Eclectic Rustic Charm 12 By Lindsay Provinzano

– A European Country Great Room 14 By Tim Weishaar

– Monotone with Minimal Color Splashes 16 By Susie Mummert

18 Detection That Will Save Your Life by Kendra Richard

19 Flat-Panel TVs: Is UltraHD for You? by D. Scott Yoder

20 Creating a Home Yoga Room by John Protopapas

21 Your Home Office: Getting Organized by Dawnell Yoder and Diane Barker

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22 Radon: Protect Your Family’s Health by Katherine Fisher

23 Choosing the Perfect Hot Tub by Emily Wolf

24 Homeowners’ Checkup: Are You Covered? by Helen Dengler

26 Artwork with an Artful Sense by Gayle Shadrach

27 2016 Perennial of the Year by Cindy Kalinoski

28 How’s Your Roof Holding Up? by Connie Menard

30 Planning Your Spring Garden by Vickie Boltersdorf

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From the Editor: Greetings! Our second issue, like our first, is full of fresh inspiration for making your house a home you love. Eye-Opening Living Rooms—First, we have stunning designs from four fantastic resources. Ready for a new look for your entryway? The beautiful doors featured in “Your New Threshold” offer dynamic ways to freshen up the entranceway of your home. No matter what style your house is, changing the front door can make a huge difference in how it looks—and welcome you home afresh every day. Get out the Garden Gloves—It’s spring, and that means it’s time to plan your garden. Tips in this issue for prepping your planting beds, shrubs, and more will help you kick off a bloomfilled season. Consider adding in the 2016 Perennial of the Year, Anemone ‘Honorine Jobert,’ one of my favorites and one that greets me by my front door. Healthy, Safe…and Fun—Can’t get out to your local yoga place as often as you’d like? Well-known yoga instructor John Protopapas offers advice for creating a peaceful space within your home that invites destressing. Of course, this issue is also packed with practical tips for making sure your home is safe, organized, and prepared for just about anything, from radon detection to roof and home insurance check-ups. And don’t forget your dreams— do they include a new hot tub or flat-screen TV? Find the right one with expert local advice. Got a topic you’d like us to cover? Just let us know. We’re focused on preparing York County homeowners for the three major seasons: Spring, Summer and Fall. That means we’ll see you in a few months, when all that snow we had is not so fresh in our minds. Meanwhile, have a great spring,

—Cindy Kalinoski, Editor    

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Your New Threshold:

Doors that Make a Statement

Sixty years ago, doors weren’t selected to raise the value of the home or to reduce heating costs. Times have evolved...

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Your New Threshold: Doors that Make a Statement

Part 1 By Deb Kearse, VP Marketing

Kohl Building Products A heavy, richly grained chestnut door welcomed me into my grandparents’ brick row home. The intricate design of the true leaded glass made rainbows on the carpet when sunlight hit it at just the right angle. It was a treat to operate the brass rod and lever assembly to open the perfectly matched transom. When it closed, you felt safe. Sixty years ago, doors weren’t selected to raise the value of the home or to reduce heating costs. Times have evolved. In 2002, an independent research firm determined that an enhanced Therma-Tru entryway could add up to five times the value of the door system to the perceived value of the home. You can dramatically impact your investment while enhancing your curb appeal by taking a basic steel door and:

• Upgrading to fiberglass • Adding sidelites to one or both sides of the door • Topping it off with a transom above

The Fiberglass Advantage In 2014, 10.6 million entry doors were sold, a 13% increase over the previous year. Steel door sales were double the fiberglass purchases. Yet steel doors, while cost-effective, can dent and rust, and paint is prone to peeling. Heat and cold are easily transferred through the door. Fiberglass doors, on the other hand, guarantee homeowners an R-value, reducing energy costs. They won’t rust or warp. Their woodgrain surface may be painted or stained, resulting in a more attractive interior and exterior that requires very little maintenance. Some factors to consider when selecting an entry door include: • What size is the doorway? • What style is the home? • Do you want a painted or stained door? • What is the desired amount of light or privacy? • Is the door directly exposed to weather conditions? • What are your budget considerations?

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Many people take a practical approach to selecting a door. Key factors are price, reducing energy costs, and whether the door will need to be painted. Others gravitate to the style, eye-catching glass options, and how they can create a wowfactor as you enter their home. The only limitations are the size of your opening and your budget.

See for Yourself A great starting point is at your fingertips—online. ProVia Door’s Visualizer at www.proviaproducts.com/design allows you to browse through home styles or upload a photo of your home and play around with door styles, colors, and stains, while adding sidelites and transoms.


Fiberglass entry doors won’t rust or warp and they can be painted or stained. Let (only) the Sun Shine In Glass options are endless. Designs to accent styles from modern to traditional and the Old World feel are easily available. Privacy glass is rated on levels of visibility and light passing through to suit the needs of the homeowner. Choices range from something called grained rain glass (a rivulet pattern on the glass) to the extreme privacy obscure glass offers, plus levels in between. In some styles, you can even choose blinds that can be opened and closed, located between the panes of glass. Low-E energy saving insulated glass options are also available. Caming, the defining metal strips between cut glass to accent glass designs, is available in brass, brushed nickel, zinc, and wrought iron. Door manufacturers offer a variety of inspirational glass patterns, ranging from the Frank Lloyd Wright motif to flowers and lighthouses. Simulated divided lites, fixed grilles or grids, removable grilles, as well as grilles sandwiched between the glass panes are options in specific door styles.

Practicalities…and Memories These elements touch on the initial decisions in your door selection. Additional details may include the type of door sill or threshold that will best fit your application and weatherstripping to best protect your home from the elements. Security is a major feature to consider. As I review all of the options that are available, I see many that I like. Still, I will always remember my small hand on the classic latch that opened the door to my Nana and PopPop. Who knows what memories your new door will create? n

Therma-Tru Doors offers you the opportunity to “Build Your Door” at www.thermatru.com, all from the convenience of your home computer. Or create the perfect entrance with the DoorWays™ App at www.thermatru.com/doorways.

Is It Real? Door manufacturers have taken the look and feel of fiberglass doors beyond your imagination. They have accurately replicated the exact grain and wood characteristics of oak, mahogany, cherry, fir, and even the rustic knots in knotty alder. The architecturally correct details and proportions of fiberglass doors have been known to make the best craftsmen in the industry do a double take.

Kohl Building Products

Therma-Tru DoorWays™ App

860 Wesley Drive Mechanicsburg, PA 800.793.5645 205 Roosevelt Avenue York, PA 877.407.5645 www.kohlbp.com

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Entry doors can change the style of your home and make it more beautiful.

Part 2 By Ronald Reed

Reed Construction Entry doors can change the style of your home and make it more beautiful. There are a lot of doors to choose from, between colors and styles and the glass sidelites and toplites that are now available. Take the time to browse and find one that will match the style of your home. But your entrance door is not just about looks. It’s also about security— knowing that your door will shut and lock properly, making your home secure. The most popular brand among builders and remodelers is Therma-Tru. I’m a big fan of them because they are energyefficient, durable, secure, cost-competitive, and attractive. The number one problem with entry doors is leakage and rotten jambs. To protect against this and other issues, make sure you look carefully at the door you’re purchasing. If your door has a problem, it will be usually in the first year, so make sure the warranty is good for that first year. Prices vary for different types and brands of doors, and they can look similar. Compare the materials, add-ons, warranty, and performance offered by the doors. Be sure you know what you’re getting, because the lowest price is not necessarily the best deal. n Good to Know: 1. Is there a sill pan, which prevents rot at the bottom of the door? 2. What is the warranty? 3. What is the insulation factor? Fiberglass doors are your best choice. (Steel doors will dent, and they conduct heat in the summer and cold in the winter.) 4. Do they have aluminum-coil-wrapped jambs or composite jambs, which offer protection against rot?

Reed Construction, Inc. 1941 Debbie Drive
 York, PA 717.578.9683 yorkwindowman@yahoo.com

Know your contractor before you sign on the dotted line: 1. Make sure the contractor is certified state-licensed. 2. Look up the company on http://hicsearch.attorneygeneral.gov. 3. See if the contractor is a member of the local chamber of commerce. 4. Ask to see evidence of liability insurance. 5. Check references. 6. Get written quotes. 7. Use a local contractor. 8. Read report ratings on Angie’s List.

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Inviting Living Room Layouts–

4 Arrangements from4Design Stores Interior design can be a challenge, whether you’re moving into a new house or changing things up in your current home. Sometimes, how matter how much you move things around, something doesn’t look right—or feel right. We asked four local design professionals to explain the magic that makes it all work. The featured layouts, along with the expert advice from each store, offer ways to make it all work together.

—What’s your favorite?

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Beautiful + Livable... Design that Works By Ellen Dougherty-Saylor

Smith Village

“Most people make the mistake of thinking design is what it looks like...Design is how it works.” –Steve Jobs

Even though Steve Jobs was referring to the design of Apple products in this quote, it is equally true of successful interior design. The most important thing to take into consideration when designing a room is its planned function, and that function is the most determining factor in the layout of the furniture. After you know what the room will be used for, you can plan how to place the furniture to maximize the room’s usability. The most beautiful furniture, fabrics and finishes will not create a successful design if the layout isn’t practical. This room is used for TV viewing and conversation, and it works because the furniture is grouped to face the TV (not shown), while maintaining open traffic patterns through the room—those areas where people most often walk. The easily moveable occasional chairs (on the back wall) and the ottoman can be pulled into the main group for a larger gathering or nestled in a corner for intimate conversation. Versatile pieces such as these allow you to rearrange your furniture layout to suit different activities. Once the floor plan has been determined, the accessories, finishes and colors take the room from purely functional to a beautiful design statement. In this room, the bold wall color contrasted with

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the bright white trim creates a crisp backdrop for the useful and personalized accessories—like throws, pillows and lamps in accent colors—that elevate the practical layout to a striking design. Practicality and beauty. That is great design. n

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“An appealing, informal atmosphere is provided for familyand friends to sit back, relax, or watch TV.�

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Eclectic Rustic Charm By Lindsay Provinzano

Wolf Furniture This home was purchased as a foreclosure and was completely renovated, starting with removing the tattered, stained carpeting and replacing it with beautiful, shiny, new hardwood floors and freshly painted walls throughout. The downstairs features an open floor plan, which includes the great room that connects to an eat-in kitchen and a quaint, cozy bar area located behind a set of French doors. Twenty-foot ceilings and two-story windows in the Great Room provide amazing natural light during the daytime hours. The walls in these areas were painted a warm, neutral, soft gray, giving this gathering spot a more inviting feeling. The furniture in the Great Room was arranged to separate this area from the kitchen and to provide access to other areas of the downstairs. A large plush leather sofa sits against the wall between the windows, and a love seat was floated (not placed against a wall) in the room to create a walkway to an adjacent room behind the French doors. This layout was designed to give ample space to sit while providing a great conversation area when guests are over. An appealing, informal atmosphere is provided for family and friends to sit back, relax, or watch TV. The plush leather furniture was chosen for its durability, beauty, and comfort. An 8 x 10 area rug was bought in to solidify the color scheme and introduce rust and green as the featured accent colors of this space. These colors are echoed in the picture frames and accessories throughout the area, pulling this entire room plan together. The eclectic style combines the worn look of industrial elements with traditional and contemporary pieces. n

Wolf Furniture 380 North Northern Way York, PA 717.751.6991 www.wolffurniture.com

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A European Country Great Room By Tim Weishaar

Interiors Furniture & Design For this Anglo-inspired country estate, the client needed a great room that would be the center of the home. Situated in the middle of the house, the large space had to do double duty:  be a warm, casual escape for a growing family to enjoy television and entertain, while also representing the exacting style of a young family with pedigreed tastes.  The challenge? To bring the nearly twenty-five-foot vaulted and beamed ceiling down to a more human scale while maintaining an Old-World flair. Immediately, it was recognized that playing with scale was key.  Anchoring the room, to this end, a pair of eight-foot-high antique folding screens (once used as French doors) were used to set the stage and act as “bookends” to a wonderfully deep-seated, down-cushioned furniture arrangement.  Positioned to encourage conversation and to take advantage of a large-screen TV, the large-scale sofa and antiquereproduction seating was set directly across from the fireplace and wall-mounted television. 

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A mix of distressed leather, tufting, creamy chenille, velvet, and English-style wood pieces were chosen to convey the come-as-you-are mood, while remaining true to the home’s ancestral design roots. A large plein air painting and palace-sized, hand-knotted rug also reinforce the room’s voluminous size. The room is at once spacious, livable, and stylish. n


Interiors Furniture & Design Harrisburg, Lancaster, Camp Hill 717.686.4000 www.interiors-furniture.com

Photo Courtesy: Š2015 Steve Antonaccio, Steve Squared

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“The classic black marble fireplace keeps this palate neutral.” Furniture Finesse 700 West Market Street York, PA www.furniturefinesse.com 717.848.8759

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Monotone with Minimal Color Splashes By Susie Mummert

Furniture Finesse When designing any part of a home, the first question is how will this room be used? Some rooms are showcases, and some must be lived in every day. So why can’t a room be both? It can! Obviously the grand fireplace is the focus in this living room. White-on-white walls create a clean backdrop yet still showcase the beauty of the woodwork, French doors and elongated walls. The classic black marble fireplace keeps this palate neutral. Accents that complement the base color—The main fabric color of gray continues the peaceful atmosphere that has been established. Shades of the same color will add depth where needed. Silver accents on nail heads, the woodarm settee and tasteful accessories allow the eye to travel peacefully from space to space. The silver or mirrored accent chest again flows without being too repetitive, due to the intensity of the finishes. The black wood on the ottoman cocktail table strengthens this central piece. Although no two upholsterted seating options match, their different styles indicate an artistic touch to this living room. Notice that all pieces are centralized for socializing but can be easily rearranged. In the winter, having the sofa face the fireplace will make cold evenings romantic. Chairs can flank the fireplace or be moved to a corner of the room to create a reading nook. In the summer a fun accent rug can create a more casual theme. So Why Does This Room Work? The options of changing the layouts for varied needs are endless. The room is creative, yet peaceful on the eye. The mixed patterns and leather reflect the beauty of each individual frame. It works because it is unexpected and fresh! n

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you that early warning you need to safely leave the burning house, as smoke spreads very quickly when there is a fire. Manufacturers even make special alarms for the deaf and blind. These alarms utilize strobes and bed shakers to alert residents. Especially in these situations, it is a good idea to have all detectors connected inside the home so that when one goes off, they all do. To provide yourself with the best protection, we recommend that you:

Detection That Will Save Your Life By Kendra Richard

BFPE International Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors play a vital role in keeping you safe and alert to possible dangers inside your home. These are often your first line of defense in preventing in-home disasters. With both kinds of detectors being mass produced, you can find quality detectors at affordable prices. Still, many homes remain unequipped with these safety-conscious devices. Make it a priority to place proper detection inside your home.

• Place smoke detectors on the ceiling or high on a wall • Locate them both inside and outside every bedroom • Install at least one on every floor, even in the basement • Add extra alarms for larger homes where the square footage is vast • Keep extra batteries on hand • Test all smoke alarms once a month to make sure they are working properly. • Replace them every ten years (check the manufacture date on the back of the device)

Carbon monoxide is often referred to as the invisible killer. Because it is colorless and odorless, this makes it impossible for you to detect on your own. Many homeowners are unaware of the hazards carbon monoxide can cause, especially since it can affect individuals differently. Carbon dioxide (CO) is created from many common fuels found in or around households, such as gasoline, wood, coal, oil, propane, natural gas, and methane. Even small amounts of CO can poison you over a long period of time. In larger doses, this can happen over just a short time.

BFPE International

Almost two-thirds of fatal house fires happen in homes with no smoke detectors, or with ones that do not properly work. Smoke detectors give

3466 Board Road York, PA 717.741.9980 www.bfpe.com

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The word PASS can help you remember these steps:

the pin. With the nozzle pointing away P / Pull from you, hold the extinguisher and release the locking mechanism. low, pointing the extinguisher at the A / Aim base of the fire.

S / Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly. S / Sweep the nozzle from side to side.

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How To Operate a Fire Extinguisher

Carbon monoxide detectors have become increasingly popular in recent years. These detectors should be centrally placed, outside bedrooms and at each entrance to the house. You can find combination units now that contain both smoke and CO detection in one unit. As opposed to smoke detectors, the life span of CO detectors can vary. Be sure to note the manufacturer’s recommendations for replacing these devices.

A Powerful Combination The National Fire Protection Association recommends both smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors for homeowners. We encourage you to make this minimal investment of money and time to purchase and properly install these detectors in your home. Statistics prove they just might save your life. n


Flat-Panel TVs: Is UltraHD for You?

A common sense approach would be to consult someone like, say, myself for advice, as well as to see a variety of sizes on display; it can be difficult to have a grasp on how suitable a 55” set might be, versus an 84”, without seeing them both in person. A well-stocked local audio video store will have those sizes, as well as smaller, and even larger ones available. A picture really is worth (at least) a thousand words. Once you’ve established a proper size, or at least a range, but you’re still not quite sure, ask for the manufacturers’ dimensions for a suitable-sized model, as well as perhaps one a size larger, for comparison’s sake. Armed with the exact dimensions, you can purchase a roll of painters tape and make an outline on the wall in the target room, corresponding to the sizes given. Now, take a step back to consider, or, if you’re not prone to making snap decisions, go to lunch, and see how it looks when you get back. The tape then peels off easily, leaving no marks. This can save a lot of mental anguish in the selection process and ensure that you select the correct size for your needs.

Getting Down to Numbers Once the size has been narrowed down, the brand name would be the next logical criteria; so-called A-tier companies, such as LG, Samsung, and the like are hard to go wrong with. ’Nuff said! Photo Courtesy: audioholics.com

By D. Scott Yoder

Weebee Audio Video

The existing technology we’ve had since 1998, HDTV, is pretty much the standard in TVs right now, and 1080P is a common resolution (1080 being the lines it displays). But… (You knew that with technology, there’s always a but, right?)

The landscape in electronics has changed dramatically over the years, and few things have changed as much as televisions have. If you haven’t been TV shopping in a long time, let’s ease into this: We’re not in Kansas anymore! Depending on your age group, as well as your memory, there was a time when we’d all go to our friendly, neighborhood TV store and buy either the family Zenith or RCA, depending on which camp was the family favorite.

Fast-forward to 2016 That TV-only store is long gone, the sets of today are getting so thin that you can practically shave with them, and they’ve gotten BIG. Really BIG! The good news? There’s a LOT of choices; the bad news is, there’s a lot of choices! Rather than have your head swimming with facts/figures, etc., the easiest place to start is…size. (Hands up, everyone who thought it would be brand.) None of the tech matters nearly as much as getting the size that fits the space where it’s going, as well as your sense of the room. While some folks definitely under-buy, it is also possible to purchase a set that is just too mammoth for that space above the fireplace, or along that short wall, where you Weebee Audio Video were thinking a ninety-inch diagonal would just fit. 1305 Manheim Pike Lancaster, PA 717.399.9926 weebeeav.com

Brave New World The “new” kid in town is called 4K, or you might have heard it called UHD, or Ultra HD. Make no mistake; this is the replacement for HD, offering four times the resolution and much, much better color! I said new, but it’s been around for a few years, and it’s everything the industry had hoped, and more. The picture can’t fully be captured in words, and really must be seen. Customers who see the 84” LG 4K stop in their tracks and start rattling off questions. There’s really nothing else like it. It’s the best TV picture I’ve seen to date, but then, I’ve only been in the industry thirty-three years. n

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Creating a Home Yoga Room By John Protopapas

Yoga Home With our busy schedules, it’s hard to recharge our inner batteries. Our culture prides itself on running endlessly at 5th gear. However, we must ask ourselves: For what purpose? Are we truly content and fulfilled? Maybe a half-hour of meditation or yoga will give us a moment to put everything in perspective, to help us be more focused and bring back the joy of living.

A Way to Truly Come Home Practicing yoga at a local studio is a great way to connect with others on similar life journeys. It can keep our yoga practice fresh and inspiring. A private, personal practice can help us explore other aspects of ourselves. This is where creating our own yoga space comes in. We have separate rooms for eating, sleeping and even computer work; why not designate a healing retreat place? In many traditional cultures this is common—in Greece, India, and in Muslim countries. No matter what spiritual tradition you are drawn to, creating a special retreat spot can offer many benefits. It may be challenging to find that ideal place, but recognizing its importance is your first step.

in yoga, you want the best quality air possible. Bring in house plants, which add beauty, purify the air, and remind us of our interconnectedness to nature. Keep it simple: Minimize clutter. This brings a feeling of openness

and clarity. Make sure the color of your mat, floor and wall space create a sense of peace and calm. Candles (the non-toxic variety) lend magical light and offer aromas that enrich your experience. Get comfortable: Buy a good yoga mat. I also recommend a fairly firm, thick cushion, or Zafu (a Zen meditation cushion) that supports you well. This alleviates tension in your knees and helps you sit more upright, which is good for your spine. This in turn affects your clarity and wakefulness during meditation.

“Maybe a half-hour of meditation or yoga will give us a moment to put everything in perspective, to help us be more focused and bring back the joy of living...” Choose your spot: It doesn’t need to be an entire room; it

Make it meaningful: Add a small table with special objects,

can be a section of your bedroom, enough for a yoga mat and perhaps a little table. The quietest part of your home may be ideal. Once you have found your spot, make it special.

perhaps a Buddha statue, cross, or icon. Add images of places you have visited or of treasured friends, family or teachers, as well as a few uplifting books.

Protect your space: Consider placing a beautiful screen around this area. Give yourself the luxury of switching off your phone while you practice, and avoid being near a humming computer, refrigerator or generator.

Give yourself a cue: On entering the space to begin a yoga session, establish a routine to signal the beginning and end of your time. For me, the most powerful tool is sound. A small hand-held bell or Tibetan bowl can create a wonderful healing sound. Another approach is to sing a short song or verse that inspires you. Chanting the OM sound has been scientifically proven to positively affect brain waves. If you prefer, put on a quiet, meditative CD.

Enjoy natural light and air: While a basement or attic can

work, it’s better to be near a window that offers a view of nature and lets in lots of light. Weather permitting, open the window. This brings in fresh, recharged air (if not, try Yoga Home an air purifier). Because you breathe more deeply 1750 South Queen Street York, PA 717.880.3663 www.yogahomepa.com

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When you’re ready to create that special spot, remember the basics—pay attention to color and light, keep it simple, and make it meaningful. This will affect the inner space and energy you’ll experience in your personal yoga practice. You’ll find this will enrich your whole life. Turn your home into a healing sanctuary, and you’ll be drawn to that quiet space again and again. n


Your Home Office: Getting Organized By Dawnell Yoder and Diane Barker

Shape Up Your Space! Whether you have a thriving home business or just need a pleasant place to pay your bills and do some blogging, designate a space to take care of all of your scheduling and home managing needs. A home office space does not have to be an entire room, but can be as simple as a small desk located in the corner of your dining room, or an attractive shelving unit that holds files and baskets for needed items. We have found some basic principles to be helpful when setting up your home office area; we’ll start with the preorganizing decisions. Set up where there is plenty of natural light. Dark corners or unlit basements

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are not good choices, as most of us tend to want to spend time where there is light. Make even small spaces work for you. Desks with drawers or shelves with pretty baskets and containers to hold your necessities will go a long way in keeping you organized. And don’t forget about wall space for hanging baskets or bulletin boards.

Gearing Up Now for the tasks themselves. You will need two types of filing systems:

deed to your house, you don’t need to keep an abundance of information. So goodbye old receipts from paid bills and outdated insurance policies.

One Day at a Time You’ll need either stacking trays or labeled baskets or folders for sorting your basic everyday mail. Sorting DAILY is key in staying on top of things. We recommend these basic categories to start (you may wish to add a few more, depending on your need:

1. A short-term system for things like concert or theater tickets, forms that need to be returned to school, or wedding invitations 2. A long-term system for insurance forms, the deed to your house, financial information, etc.

• Bills to be paid • Items needing a response • Things to file

Your short-term file can be a basket, a folder, or a designated drawer. You can organize your long-term papers in a file drawer or a filing crate if you don’t have a filing cabinet. Keep in mind that you can access almost everything you need online now, so besides keeping seven years of your back tax records, and those irreplaceable things like marriage or birth certificates and the

Last, make sure you have what you need within reach: envelopes, stamps, pens, calendar, addresses, highlighter, etc. Having everything easily accessible is essential to staying focused so you can get your tasks accomplished!

Set aside a time each WEEK to make sure items to be filed are put away properly.

Setting up a well-functioning home office doesn’t have to be expensive or time-consuming. Use what you already own or make some small purchases to maximize whatever space you have available. Or have fun buying new items in styles that suit you and will make you look forward to using your new home office. When going to your space to work, make it as pleasant as possible, with a cup of coffee, your favorite music, or a picture of your favorite people sitting front and center. Managing your home office space is a great first step toward a more productive and enjoyable life—and it’s worth every bit of the time you’ll give it. n

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By Katherine Fisher

SWAT Environmental of Pennsylvania Radon as a health concern is a fact of life for Pennsylvania residents. The PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) estimates that two in every five Pennsylvania homes harbor unsafe levels of radon. This is important, as radon is recognized as a Class A carcinogen that is responsible for approximately 21,000 lung cancer deaths in the US each year. It is the number one cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. Consider the health precautions we take every day. We exercise and watch our diet, wear sunscreen to protect us from the dangers of the sun, and always buckle that seat belt. Yet we could be unknowingly living with a serious health threat. Radon is an invisible, odorless, and tasteless gas that enters a home through openings in the foundation. This includes foundations joints, utility penetrations, crawl spaces, and sump pits, as well as cracks in the foundation. While radon does not cause any immediate acute health effects, prolonged exposure to radon puts home residents at an increased risk of developing lung cancer.

testing is very easy and affordable for homeowners—it costs about $20, and you can do it yourself. DIY radon test kits are available in most home improvement stores or from radon mitigation companies, and they’re recognized by the PA DEP as accurate and reliable. This is how it works: you expose the test in the lowest livable level of your home for 2–7 days, then send it to a certified lab for analysis. You may also consider having your home tested by a certified radon testing professional. This involves either test kits or a continuous radon monitor, at a cost of approximately $150. Both the US Environmental Protection Agency and the US Surgeon General acknowledge a radon level of 4.0 pCi/L (picocuries/liter) as the maximum “safe” level of exposure. In homes where a radon test returns above 4.0 pCi/L, radon mitigation is recommended to reduce the level to 3.9 pCi/L or lower.

What If It’s Higher? Some newer homes are constructed to be “radon resistant.” These homes have a passive venting system that runs from

radon fan to the piping in the attic to improve air flow and suction from below the foundation. Even if your home is equipped with a passive system, it is strongly recommended that you test your radon levels. Most homes with elevated radon levels require the installation of a sub-slab depressurization system for radon removal. In this type of system, a technician will drill an opening in the foundation and create a radon collection chamber. PVC piping is inserted into this chamber and run to the outside of the house, where a radon fan is mounted. A discharge stack extends above the roofline to safely expel the gas away from the house. The cost of a radon mitigation system varies based on several factors. The radon level and the age and size of the home determine the basic design of the system. Home additions, exposed crawl spaces, stone foundation construction, and radiant floor heat add to the cost. On average, radon mitigation system installation is comparable to other moderate home repairs, costing approximately $800 to $1,200. The

The first step in protecting yourself and your family from the dangers of radon is to perform a radon test. Radon

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a collection point below the foundation, through an interior wall and the attic, then vents through the roof. They rely on the warmth of the home to move air through the pipe and pull radon gas from below the home. Passive systems may be effective where radon levels below the foundation are low, but in many cases, the passive system must be activated to adequately protect the home occupants. System activation involves installing a

investment is definitely worth it for the health of you and your family. It is very important that any radon system be installed by a licensed and certified radon technician. An improperly installed system may be ineffective in removing radon or inadvertently reintroduce high radon concentrations back into the home. The Pennsylvania DEP maintains a list of professionals who are certified to install radon mitigation systems. n


What sounds better than coming home to your own personal spot of relaxation after a stressful day?

Choosing the Perfect Hot Tub By Emily Wolf

Yorktown Pools & Spas A hot tub is a great way to relieve the tension from the long day you just had, whether it be from a rigorous workout, running the kids back and forth to practice or simply a trying day at work. If you don’t have one, before jumping into the first hot tub you find in your search, there are many factors to take into consideration. When choosing that perfect tub to fit your definition of paradise, follow these tips:

Establish Your Budget There are many different options and upgrades that come with spas. It’s important to look at all the different features that would interest you and determine which features are nonessential that you can cut out of your budget from the start. Extra features can bring your cost up quickly. Ask your dealer up front about the various features and their costs so there are no “hidden fees” that pop up out of the blue. When you know your budget before choosing a hot tub, it’s easier to narrow down what will work best for you.

Educate Yourself The best references will be previous buyers of a particular hot tub model—or you can simply look online at reviews and ratings the tub has received. Asking friends and family you know who have hot tubs will give you good insight on what they like best about their tub.

Choose Your Bliss Finding that perfect tub that fits your needs also depends on how you’ll use it. One perk with purchasing a hot tub is that you can use it all year long, so take this Yorktown into consideration when Pools & Spas choosing features. First ask yourself why you 4395 West Market Street, are buying a hot tub. York, PA Is it for socializing and 717.792.3541 yorktownpools.com entertainment? Then

you may want to look for a larger tub that fits multiple people, has a stereo system and places to rest your drinks. If the tub you’re looking for will be used for hydrotherapy to relieve muscle aches or sore backs, a tub with multiple jets and a lounge may be more suitable.

Know Your Product—and Your Source of Purchase It’s extremely important that you know what you’re buying. Looking online can be very helpful when figuring out what you want in a hot tub. However, purchasing your tub online, especially if it is used, can present a host of problems. It’s a good idea to check out your local dealers and look at the tubs in person. Having a good relationship with your dealer is important because this is a purchase that will last you many years and you’ll know who you can trust when questions come up. You need to feel comfortable in the dealer’s knowledge of the product they’re promoting as well as water chemistry and other issues that might arise after purchasing your hot tub.

The Water’s Fine—Check It Out In addition, you can try out special covers, like Strong Spas’ easy-lift Titan Hard Cover. This cover is easy for users to open and close without the worry of kids having easy access. It is beneficial to test these different functions out firsthand. Being able to sit in the tub, seeing one fully functional, or even doing a wet test (bring your bathing suit and see what it’s really like!) will make it easier to make your decision. Every dealer wants their purchasers to be fully satisfied with their hot tubs. By following these guidelines, this will help you get the best deal and options you are looking for and ensure that you are satisfied. Getting a little background knowledge, developing a good relationship with your dealer, going to see the hot tubs in person, and knowing which features you want will give you the best results as you purchase your ideal spa. n

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frozen pipes, snow buidup, ice damming, falling trees Homeowners’ Checkup:

Are You Covered? By Helen Dengler

The Glatfelter Agency While winter provides many fun outdoor opportunities, it can also lead to winter-weather damages. Help protect from property losses and review your insurance policies to make sure you have adequate coverage. Now’s the time to perform maintenance that may help prevent insurance losses from happening in the first place.

Which type do you have? The type of insurance coverage is determined by who occupies the property. If it is an owner, the property usually qualifies for a homeowners’ policy. This type of policy provides “Special Form coverage” (sometimes referred to as Open Peril) on the building and “Named Peril coverage” on personal property inside the building. Special or Open Peril coverage means the loss is covered unless it is specifically excluded. Named Peril coverage lists specific types of losses that are covered.

If the property is not occupied by the owner, it will likely be covered under a “Dwelling Fire policy.” These are written as “Basic,” “Broad” or “Special Form.” Basic covers both the building and its contents for losses due to fire or lightning. Broad expands the list of covered perils. Special Form covers the building for any type of loss that is not excluded, similar to a homeowners’ policy. Contents coverage is optional on this type of policy.

Confused? + Water damage from frozen pipes or leaking roofs due to ice damming + Building collapse due to falling tree limbs or from weight of ice and snow For many property owners, what is covered and excluded can be confusing. Discuss coverages with your agent and make sure your policy is appropriate for your needs. For example, if your policy does not provide Special Form (Open Peril) coverage, consider what is not covered. Certain types of loss (or perils) that are common in the winter are not covered on a Basic or Broad Form Named Peril policy, such as: An Open Peril policy typically covers these exposures; a Named Peril policy won’t, so you may need to explore broader coverage.

Be proactive Whether or not these perils are covered, many of them are preventable. Help avoid these types of losses with the following tips:

Reduce ice damming + Add extra insulation to prevent heat from escaping into the attic, causing ice and snow to melt on the roof. + Use a roof rake (or hire a contractor) to remove snow from the edge of your roof. + Clear your downspouts of debris to allow melting ice and snow to run off.

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Help prevent frozen pipes: + Have your heating system serviced by a licensed contractor yearly to ensure it is working properly. Clean and replace filters. + Monitor your heating fuel to ensure you do not run out. + Keep temperatures at no less than 55 degrees throughout the building. + Have your pipes leading to the outside of your home inspected and insulated as needed. + Know the location of your pipes and how to shut off the water if a pipe should rupture. + Turn off and winterize outside spigots.

Help prevent falling trees or limbs + Inspect trees for signs of damage (have them trimmed or removed if necessary). + Trim back limbs that hang over your covered property. Your agent can make recommendations and offer any alternatives. If you don’t have a trusted agent, don’t wait. The time to find one is before something happens. n

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Why do people hang artwork in their homes? To add a focal point or color to a room? To express their personality? Whatever your reason, consider style to achieve the look you desire. Since you will see these pieces every day, you should love looking at them. Here are some simple ways to hang artwork artistically that don’t require an art degree—or a lot of elbow grease.

Artwork with an Artful Sense By Leana Ricchiuto

Art & Framing Warehouse

“The first thing,” says Gayle Shadrach of Art and Framing Warehouse, “is to decide where you’re going to hang your picture and how much space you have.” Plan out your arrangement by laying it out on the floor first. This gives you a preview and lets you rearrange the pieces until you’re satisfied. Alternatively, trace your picture size and shape onto butcher paper or newspaper, marking where your hanging point is on the artwork. You can then hang it with painters tape and piece your wall arrangement together visually. Now you can start hammering, then simply rip the paper away. Examine your space before trying to hang your artwork. A smaller piece—or several—can fit well on narrow walls. Just make sure the art is not flush up against the woodwork. Shadrach explains, “If you’re hanging one piece over a sofa or fireplace, it should be at least two-thirds of the size of the sofa it’s going to hang above. If it’s going over a fireplace, the sides of the picture need to be at least the size of the fireplace opening.”

It’s a matter of balance; you don’t want your walls to look too cluttered or too bare. Consider the furniture around your artwork as well as the ratio of size and wall space with the surroundings. Shadrach advises, “Keep in mind eye level for each room. In the dining room people’s eye level will be lower, as opposed to walking in the hallways, where art should be hung at least 60” off the floor.” Hanging pieces closer to furniture helps the art look like part of the décor. Hanging it too high makes it lose its effect on the room.

framing and matting Another idea for hanging artwork artistically is framing. Consider color and the size of the frame, especially when hanging several pieces. Otherwise, says Shadrach, “It will look like a hodgepodge. You may have cherry furniture, but a cherry frame may not look good with the artwork. You want to complement the artwork, not the furniture. When hanging several pieces, if the frame size or the colors are the same, this will pull together a uniform look.”

“Plan out your arrangement by laying it out on the floor first...” gallery vs. abstract One approach to displaying artwork, called gallery style, involves even spacing all around the pictures, which are lined up with their surroundings, such as black and white photographs. Abstract style, on the other hand, is a wild, yet artful arrangement with artwork of all sizes and shapes and can feature different spacing between them.

Matting is an additional trick you can use when adding something not only to a room, but to the artwork itself. Choose mats based on the artwork’s color or print style. Shadrach says, “If you use a darker mat, your eyes will be drawn to the mat, taking away from the artwork you’re trying to showcase. The mat has to showcase the piece, not dominate it.” Certain types of artwork work better without a mat, such as photographs and oil paintings.

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Art defines us like nothing else; it creates feelings and expression. To convey this, learn how to display your artwork artistically, not only to make you happy, but to impress your guests as well. Decide on a style, plan your layout, and remember to consider wall space. Then you can fill your home with the inspiration and character it deserves. n


2016 Perennial of the Year By Cindy Kalinoski

It’s a long-bloomer. It’s gorgeous. It requires virtually no care. As if this weren’t enough, the Anemone ‘Honorine Jobert’ is deer- and rabbit-resistant. Marketed as “elegant, dazzling white flowers that surround frilly yellow centers,” this anemone hybrid has been chosen as the 2016 Perennial of the Year by the Perennial Plant Association. “It’s a plant a lot of people don’t know about, but should know about,” says Dave Wildasin of Hively Landscapes in Dover. “It grows very well in a part-shade location, it naturalizes well, and the flowers last late into the season.” Tall anemones are called windflowers because the blooms top two- to three-foot stems and “dance” in the wind. They can thrive in a variety of environments, as long as the soil doesn’t become too dry. Often they can be found along the edges of wooded areas, in cottage gardens or as part of a perennial border.

No Green Thumb Necessary Wendy Brister of Harvey’s Gardens in Wrightsville recommends, “If you’re doing a border, put them in the middle because they are sort of airy. They’re such a late bloomer, most of the plants in the front are done, so that allows you to see a nicer looking plant in the middle.”

What Are They Called Again? A native of China, these plants are often mislabeled as Japanese anemones because they were grown in the beautiful gardens of Japan for centuries. By the mid-1800s, the anemones had made their way to France, where a distinguished scholar named the hybrid after his daughter, Honorine Jobert. This old-school plant arrived on our own shores long ago, but today it’s enjoying a revival in popularity. Tall anemones like this one are frequently confused with their lower-growing relatives within the buttercup/ ranunculus family, most of which bloom in the spring. “You can differentiate them by the height and growth pattern,” explains Wildasin. “The shorter varieties won’t spread as much, lasting just a few years and then dying out. The Honorine Jobert pops up just when things are starting to calm down late in the summer and generally give you color into the early fall.” Area garden centers carry different varieties of the tall anemones, in shades from the Honorine Jobert’s white to dark pink, with some double-petal versions, sometimes sold as Anemone Japonica ‘Honorine Jobert.’ When they’re finished blooming, the white seed heads are also worth leaving for winter interest. One more reason to grow anemones: they make great cut flowers. Brister says not only do they last a decent while, but they look great with lateseason goldenrod and purple asters. n Note: Anemones can be poisonous to pets, so plant them in an area where you can supervise your pets.

As far as care goes, Wildasin says it’s pretty self-sufficient. “Plant it in rich humus soil, make sure it gets enough moisture, and other that, leave it alone. It will take a year or two to begin to naturalize [spread by itself], but you won’t have to do anything again.” This hybrid is so low maintenance it was listed a “brown thumb” plant by Perennials.com. In other words, if you don’t have a green thumb, don’t worry. It’s easy! Brister says, “You have to be patient for them to become established, and be sure to keep it watered in the first year.” She recommends deadheading them (pinching off the spent flower heads) to foster additional flowering.

Hively Landscapes 4555 Paradise Road Dover, PA 717.292.5696 www.hivelylandscapes.com Photo courtesy: Cindy Kalinoski

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When it comes to your home, your roof is one of the first barriers of defense against the elements.

How’s Your Roof Holding Up?

By Connie Menard

Greenawalt Roofing Company

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When it comes to your home, your roof is one of the first barriers of defense against the elements. It provides both security and protection, so it’s important to maintain it to help maximize its lifespan. Even if your roof is not currently leaking, stay ahead of the game. The National Roofing Contractors Association recommends biannual roof inspections to avoid potential problems before it’s too late. While some homeowners will be able to safely do a quick inspection of their roof, it’s always a good idea to enlist the help of a professional roofing contractor to do a thorough inspection.

What’s the Lifespan? The first thing to take into consideration of whether or not it’s time to replace your roof is its age. Most asphalt shingle roofs last between 20 and 30 years, depending on which type of shingles have been installed. Typically the older 3-tab style shingle last for about 20 years, while newer architectural shingles have a 30-year lifespan.

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If your roof is nearing the end of its life, make sure there are no issues that need to be addressed. If your roof is pitched enough that you are able to inspect it safely from the ground, you can look for the following signs, which may indicate that your roof has reached the end of its life: • Loss of shingle granules (these may gather in the gutters) • Shingles that are curled or buckling • Missing shingles • Loose, missing, or deteriorated flashings and rubber plumbing vent collars • Uneven or buckling roof decking • Improper ventilation You can also inspect the underside of your roof if you have easy access to the attic. While you’re there, look for the following: • Daylight shining through the roof decking • Water marks or stains • Sagging roof decking • Wet insulation


What? It’s Not Old But It’s Leaking? What if you’re having issues with your roof and it is not near the end of its life? The following is a list of the main sources of roof leaks: • Damaged or deteriorated flashing, seals, and caulking • Ice dams: a ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof and prevents melting snow (water) from draining off the roof; the water that backs up behind the dam can leak into a home • Improper installation of valleys, flashings, shingles, collars, etc. • Missing shingles (due to storm damage) • Low-grade materials that are failing • Ponding water • Exposed nail heads • Damaged skylight flashing If you find any issues, contact a roofing contractor who can come out and assess the situation. A reputable company will be able to recommend whether repair work is sufficient or if the roof should be replaced in its entirety. Typically, if your roof is having minor issues in an isolated area, a repair will do the job. But if there are multiple issues throughout the entire roof and the roof is older, it may be best to just replace it to prevent any future problems and give you peace of mind for many years to come.

Caveat Emptor (Buyer Beware) 1. Make sure their roof has been completed before you take someone’s recommendation. 2. Make sure you are using a contractor that:

– has been in business for a while – is a certified Pennsylvania contractor – insures employees under Worker’s Compensation – carries liability insurance

Evidence of these should be provided to you at the time of estimate, but if not, make sure you ask for proof before moving forward. 3. Don’t take a contractor’s word for it that they have completed a job in your neighborhood. Go and check it out. 4. Watch out for scammers, who often ask for the money up front, then leave without finishing—or even starting—the job. 5. Check the contractor’s references.

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What’s Next? So you’ve decided it’s time to go ahead and replace your roof but are uncertain of the next steps. We always recommend that our customers get a few different estimates to compare. You can search online for roofing companies in your area, check out the latest issue of your House2Home magazine, or ask your friends, co-workers, and neighbors. Word-ofmouth referrals are comforting because you know people won’t recommend a company they were not satisfied with. When comparing quotes, remember that the lowest price is not always the best choice. Compare the materials being used, the work being done, and the warranties offered as well. Most companies choose to install a certain brand of shingle, so ask them why they stand behind that company vs. the others.

Glossary • Vent collar: a prefabricated flashing piece (see flashing definition below) used around circular pipe penetrations, also referred to as a pipe boot. • Valley: area where two adjoining sloped roof planes intersect on a roof creating a “V” shaped depression. • Flashing: pieces of sheet metal or the like used to cover and protect certain joints and angles against leakage, where a roof comes in contact with other elements like a wall or chimney. After having your roof inspected, determining whether repair or replacement is right, and obtaining and comparing quotes and checking references, you’re ready to give the green light to get your roof in tip-top shape. While this is a time-consuming homeowner task, it’s one that’s well worth it for yourself as well as well as for when the home Greenawalt is sold. And don’t wait until Roofing Company your roof leaks or the shingles start falling off. Protect your Landisville, PA investment by making www.greenawaltroofing.com sure that your roof protects 717.898.6000 your home. n greenawaltroofing@hotmail.com

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• Daylilies • Salvias • Rudbeckias (Black-Eyed Susans) • Heucheras (Coral Bells) • Sedums For shade, try these perennials:

• Hostas and Ferns • Astilbe • Bleeding Heart

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Planning Your Spring Garden By Vickie Boltersdorf

Hueter’s Greenhouses Spring is a beautiful time of year, and you can enjoy that beauty right in your own yard by choosing plants that will thrive in the right areas, whether they offer sun or shade. If you got a good start in the Fall by planting bulbs, you’re ahead of the game. But don’t worry if you haven’t. You can plan out new garden beds and discover long-bloomers that will make your garden look great.

Tasks for Early Spring For early spring clean-up: 1. Cut top, brittle wood off mums (new green will appear from the ground) 2. Clean up old perennials (cut dead parts off) 3. Plant new perennials 4. Trim ornamental grasses (cut tall grasses down to about 10″ tall) 5. Divide overgrown perennials such as irises, lilies and hostas

To lengthen color in your garden, stagger your bloom times on perennials; for example, bulbs will be your first color. A few varieties you can plant in March are early bloomers you’ll love:

• Creeping Phlox • Primroses • Candy Tuft (iberis) • Hellebores (Lenten rose) In April, you can start planting perennials that offer season-long color, such as:

• Scabiosa • Coreopsis • Homestead Purple Verbena • Gallardias (blanket flower) • Various colors of Echinacea (Coneflower) To keep the color going well into the season, try these mid-season or late perennials, which can be planted as early as April. You can wait until the lilies are blooming to buy and plant them, but why not get those gorgeous colors started sooner? I recommend:

Annuals are great for container gardening or for planting in the ground for a mass of continuous color. Wait until Mother’s Day to plant these, as late frosts can harm them—or make you rush out to cover your newest additions. Use them to fill in gaps in your garden. For shade, add in the multi-colored leaves of coleus. Some of my favorite annuals are:

• Wave Petunias (sun) • Calibrachoa (sun) • Dragon Wing Begonias (sun/shade) After Mother’s Day plant these continuously flowering new arrivals:

• Holy Holy (Calibrachoa) (Million Bells) • Supertunias: Picasso in burgundy or blue, Latte or Violet Star and Night Sky (blue with white spots) So as you’re thinking about warmer weather, look for areas that need to be filled in. Look up the varieties listed here and decide which ones you like. Then, when April comes, head for your local greenhouse—and immerse yourself in the wonderful possibilities of flowers and blooming shrubs. n

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