For Selling a Brownstone
Dana Bee Plants, danabeeplants.com
For the past six years, Dana Boyd has worked a city niche: installing front-step planters and window boxes to dramatic effect. For one Cobble Hill resident, she plants tulips and daffodils for the spring and mums in the fall and uses magnolia leaves, evergreen, eucalyptus, and red berries for the winter. The turnaround time is exceedingly speedy. “Dana comes in the morning, and planting is done within a few hours,” says the client. “The holiday decorations” — garland twisted around handrails, sprigs of eucalyptus, and branches of cedar and juniper berries along the front stairs and in window boxes — “take a few more hours but are still always a same-day situation.” Boyd is so adept at zhuzhing up the front of homes clients seek her out before putting their places on the market. One Brooklyn brownstone owner called a few weeks before her open house, and Boyd quickly designed two window boxes with hanging fishhook succulents, trailing tradescantia, salvia for height and summerlong blooms, and a couple of large terra-cotta planters for the stoop. (From $800).
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