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Living on the east coast is difficult when it comes to gardening because we go through such drastic seasonal changes. I have always been a fan of minimalist gardening and xeriscapes, mostly those of Arizona, Nevada, and California. Unfortunately, many of the plants that can deal with heat can’t deal with our winters. Therefore, I’ve been challenged to find plants that not only look beautiful, but can handle some chilly weather. I am a huge fan of succulents and cacti.

I have recently replaced all of my flower beds with 3/4″ river rock. My plan for next year will be to add a few plants and planters, along with maybe some driftwood or large rocks. I really like these planters from Sprout Home.

They are minimal and look very expensive, but are reasonably priced. I think about 5 of them in a row would look really cool. The round white one would be lovely for my front stoop. I can’t wait until next year!

Jaime Derringer, Founder + Executive Editor of Design Milk, is a Jersey girl living in SoCal. She dreams about funky, artistic jewelry + having enough free time to enjoy some of her favorite things—running, reading, making music, and drawing.