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Plants with Winter Interest

By | January 12th, 2018|Landscaping, Plants, Seasonal Color, Winter|

The freezing temperatures over the holidays have kept many indoors, but as the temperatures rise a bit, we encourage you to step outside and spot some plants with winter interest. If your garden could use some, consider the following selections with plenty to offer. ORNAMENTAL TREES Renaissance Reflection Paper Birch. Image credit: Rotary Botanic [...]

Nature’s Perspective Wins Two Prestigious Awards

By | January 9th, 2018|Awards, Press Release|

Nature’s Perspective Landscaping has received two Excellence in Landscape Awards in the Residential Landscape Construction category from the Illinois Landscape Contractors Association (ILCA). The Gold Award is for a private lakefront estate in the Lakeshore Historic District of Evanston, and the Silver Award is for a private residential landscape and hardscape in Evanston. The award [...]

Winter Hours

By | December 15th, 2017|Office Hours, Uncategorized|

We will be closed for the holidays beginning Thursday, December 21, 2017 through Friday, January 5, 2018. We return to the office on Monday, January 8, 2018. January Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday February Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday Closed Friday Effective Monday, March 6, [...]

Looking Back on 2017

By | December 15th, 2017|Design Ideas|

  We look back on another interesting year with a slideshow of some of our favorite transformations. Everything appears to have happened in the blink of an eye! Our work is cyclical. The same tasks and the same stresses come around the same time every year. Yet, without fail, each year [...]

Brighten Your Winter Garden. Support Backyard Birds!

By | November 16th, 2017|Back Yard, Birds, Winter Care|

A female cardinal waits to drink melting snow. Many beautiful bird species, such as the Cardinal, Blue Jay and Downy Woodpecker live in Chicago year-round. With a cold and bitter winter forecasted ahead, you can play a crucial part in helping our feathered friends make it to spring by providing them with water, [...]

Prepare Your Garden for Winter

By | November 15th, 2017|Garden Planning, Maintenance, Winter Care|

Winter's cold months are fast approaching! In order to ensure a healthy garden for next year, walk through your garden with this checklist to identify what needs to be done. Lawns: Fertilizing now, if you haven’t already, will both restore the lawn after a hard summer and encourage a healthy green-up in the spring. Schedule [...]

Case Study: From Draining to Entertaining

By | November 14th, 2017|Back Yard, Case Study, Drainage, Easy-Care Plants, Family-friendly, Landscaping, Natural Stone, Outdoor Living, Outdoor settings, Paving and Hardscaping, Pergolas|

Drainage issues in the backyard created problems for our clients. A rainstorm would leave the backyard flooded for days, meaning their children couldn’t play outside without getting completely muddy. The soggy backyard, paired with the family’s small deck, didn’t offer much opportunity for the family to enjoy their outdoor space. Our clients wanted a play [...]

Fall-Planted, Spring-Flowering Bulbs

By | September 14th, 2017|Bulbs, Flowers, Garden Planning, Seasonal Color, Spring|

Planted in fall, spring-flowering bulbs are one of the most effective ways to bring the flowering season of your garden earlier into the spring. They look great in small groups mixed with perennials or shrubs, as well as in dedicated areas planted in large groups. Many of the bulbs we plant are resistant to deer and [...]

Watering Alert: Fall Drought Conditions

By | September 14th, 2017|Fall, Lawn Care, Maintenance|

These Boxwood were recently planted, but were not watered consistently. It's too late for them now. It's dry out there. Not enough rain in recent weeks is causing plants to weaken, turn brown and shrivel up. They become more vulnerable to future insect and disease problems, and will die from lack of water. [...]

How Sweet It Is: A Beekeeping Update

By | September 14th, 2017|Beekeeping, Eco-Friendly, Green Living|

After the devastating loss of our first beehive at the end of 2016, we decided to double down and establish two hives on our property at 2000 Greenleaf Street. Last year, the city of Evanston passed an ordinance requiring anyone intending to keep bees to get written approval from any adjacent property owner. Luckily, the [...]