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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 [...]

Deer- and Rabbit-Resistant Shrubs

By | August 1st, 2017|Deer resistant, Landscaping, New Plants, Rabbit Resistant, Shrubs|

Living in the Northern Chicago suburbs means abundant parks and forest preserves along with various critters ready to snack on our gardens. Here are six deer- and rabbit-resistant shrubs that will discourage them from feasting on your plants. Deer and rabbits dislike Butterflies Diervilla (Diervilla sessilifolia ‘Butterfly’), although butterflies and hummingbirds enjoy its sweet-tasting yellow flowers [...]

Garden Gem: Perennial Island

By | August 1st, 2017|Uncategorized|

Imagine a living classroom with hundreds of perennial varieties laid out from A-Z. It's all here at Perennial Island, located at Midwest Groundcovers in St. Charles, a wholesale nursery that is 45 minutes west of Chicago. Last week, Nature's Perspective colleagues joined other landscaping industry professionals for the ribbon cutting ceremony of this garden, which was two [...]

Case Study: Reclaiming Privacy and Pleasure

By | July 25th, 2017|Bluestone, Case Study, Curb Appeal, Front Yard, Garden Planning, Landscaping, Natural Stone|

Our clients were renovating the exterior of their charming 1894 Victorian home situated on a corner lot, located in the historic district of Evanston. They wished to reclaim their private space, which was a long and narrow, sloped side yard with a worn, three-terraced patio. One had to step outside and walk around the house [...]

Save the Date: Evanston Green Ball is on May 20th

By | May 10th, 2017|Eco-Friendly, Events, Things to Do|

Here's a worthwhile event that's all the buzz in Evanston: the 6th Annual Evanston Green Ball will be held at the Levy Center, located at 300 Dodge Avenue, on Saturday, May 20th from 7-10:30 p.m. The Green Ball is Evanston’s biggest bash of the year, where attendees will enjoy a natural setting with live trees and plants courtesy [...]