Dear Pat: I bought an older house that has a brick fireplace and rustic beam mantel. I would like to update its appearance with a newer mantel and perhaps a surround. What is the easiest design to build myself? -- Julie M.
Genus: Antirrhinum majus 'Snap Daddy' Zones: All Zones Expert says: "This long-blooming snapdragon has bright flowers and variegated foliage—and flourishes in cool and hot temperatures." —Dennis Schrader, nursery owner, Mattituck, New York