Darby in Better Homes and Garden, September 2015

Get a Glimpse Into Darby Stanchfield’s Gorgeous Garden


She plays a political gladiator on Scandal, but there’s nothing scandalous about the way Darby Stanchfield spends her off-set hours. You’ll find her gardening around her Los Angeles home and loving every minute of it.

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She plays a Q&A pro on TV. Now it’s time for the actress and ace gardener to field a few of our questions.

Day Job: “Currently, Scandal, a massive game of pretend while wearing designer clothes for 15 hours straight with people I adore.”

I Start My Day By: “Watering my vegetable garden.”

Personal Style: “Strong lines, simple, and clean — with a killer shoe.”

Can’t Live Without: “Phone calls with my mom and sister.”

Favorite Decor Source: “Anthropologie. Not only do they have great home goods, but their store decor installations are inspiring.”

Words I Live By: “You can do anything if you set your mind to it.”

Favorite Trend:Wallpaper. I love that it’s made a comeback. My bedroom has an incredible champagne string wallpaper with a palm leaf. It has a very old Hollywood Regency vibe.”

What I’m Reading: An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield.”

I Get Inspired By: “The Archangel Ancient Tree Archive, a nonprofit dedicated to propagating old tree species before they disappear.”

Favorite Escape: “Yosemite National Park.”

Best Entertaining Tip: “Bake something. It makes your guests feel special.”

Hidden Talent: “Organizing.”

A Few of Darby’s Favorite Things

Oil and Vinegar: “These put a yummy twist on my salads.” Rosemary Olive Oil and Fig Balsamic Vinegar, $19 each; laquintaoliveoilcompany.com

T-shirt: Classic yet chic, in organic cotton with low-impact dye. Perfect Cap Sleeve Top, $28.50; alternativeapparel.com

Hat: “I’m a big hat person, especially when I garden.” Gold Coast Lifeguard Hat, $19.99; ebags.com

Candle: “I burn one every evening.” Voluspa Saijo Persimmon, $8; anthropologie.com

Music: “I love to unwind and cook to Cesaria Evora’s rich, vibrant voice.”

Sweet Treat: “My day isn’t complete without dark chocolate.” Endangered Species, $2.99 each; vitacost.com