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Update Your Hardscaping with New Paver Styles

By | May 9th, 2016|General News, Outdoor Living, Outdoor settings, Paving and Hardscaping|

If it's time to replace your outdated or worn-out patio or walk, you're in luck. Nature's Perspective has expanded our hardscape material offerings, featuring the newest, popular options. We invite you to visit our indoor and outdoor paving showrooms to see them for yourself. Antique Travertine Slab Pavers Antique Tavertine Tiles. Photo courtesy of Rochester Concrete [...]

Groundcover Alternatives to Grass

By | March 8th, 2016|Curb Appeal, Easy-Care Plants, Flowers, General News, Landscaping, Lawn-free, New Plants, Pollinators, Shade gardens|

Is there an area in your yard that lacks interest? Is there an area in your yard that just won’t grow healthy grass? Is your parkway uninspiring? This spring, instead of spending another year dissatisfied with it, consider filling this space with grass alternatives. By using lesser known groundcovers and ornamental grasses, these spaces can be transformed [...]

Case Study: Revisiting Three Crowns Park

By | March 8th, 2016|Case Study, Easy-Care Plants, Eco-Friendly, Outdoor settings|

The restorative garden at Three Crowns Park. Photo taken May 2015. Since 2012, Nature’s Perspective has been developing a restorative garden and waterfall at Three Crowns Park, a senior community in northwest Evanston that has served its residents for over a century. Origins In the early spring of 2012, Ariel Schrodt, a new [...]

Save the Date: Sunday, March 13

By | February 5th, 2016|Eco-Friendly, Garden Planning, Green Living, Special Event, Things to Do|

Photo credit: Go Green Wilmette. Looking for ways for you and your family to live sustainably? We invite you to attend the 10th annual Going Green Matter Environmental Fair on Sunday, March 13 from noon to 5:00 p.m. at Michigan Shores Club, 911 Michigan Avenue in Wilmette. Organized by non-profit organization Go Green Wilmette, this admission-free event [...]

Case Study:  Don’t Redo… Renew! 

By | February 4th, 2016|Back Yard, Case Study, Outdoor Living, Outdoor settings, Pergolas|

The renewed outdoor setting with a large fiberglass pergola. It accommodates an L-shaped sofa, dining table and 4 chairs, an outdoor grill, planters and foundation plantings. A multi-level patio, sitting walls and the hot sun beating down doesn’t exactly create the most inviting or safe space for our clients with small children. [...]

What Type of De-Icer Should You Use?

By | February 3rd, 2016|Maintenance, Snow and Ice Removal, Winter, Winter Care|

The right de-icer, correctly applied, creates a safer surface to walk on and does not damage paving. Photo credit: www.househunting.ca During the winter months, a frequently asked question that we get is “What type of salt is okay to use on my walkway or driveway?”. This is not a question that we can [...]

Case Study:  Stepping in a New Direction

By | January 5th, 2016|Back Yard, Case Study, Decks, Drainage|

The new deck accommodates a six-seat dining table and grill. The new patio offers closer views of the backyard. The old playset area was replaced with fresh plantings and lawn, creating a pretty view from the new ground level patio. Our clients spent several years renovating their 100+ year old Victorian home [...]

A Winter Visit to Maggie Daley Park

By | January 5th, 2016|Landscape Architecture, Things to Do, Winter|

Breathtaking backdrops await you at Maggie Daley Park. Photo credit: Michael Van Valkenbergh/Wikipedia. In summer, Maggie Daley Park shines, with its exotic assortment of plants, low hills of grass, multiple play areas for specific age levels, rock climbing, mini golf, picnic groves, tennis courts and a 20-foot wide, quarter-mile long inline skate ribbon that [...]

Happy Holidays From All of Us

By | December 8th, 2015|General News|

Like the last leaf that has fallen from a tree, we've reached the end of another busy landscaping season. Our fall clean-ups are done. Our trucks, trailers, machinery and equipment are cleaned, conditioned and put away. Our nursery plants are prepared to make it through the winter. Our employees are leaving for a well-deserved break after putting in a season of honest work. With [...]

What’s your garden vision?

By | December 8th, 2015|Back Yard, Curb Appeal, Garden Planning, Outdoor settings|

A client's garden vision is the best starting point when we take on a project. Sometimes it's crystal clear, other times it's in need of refining. If it's the latter, browsing through our portfolio for ideas helps. Websites like Pinterest and Houzz can also help seekers discover looks they like and compile them in a gallery or an idea book. [...]