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April Showers Bring Drainage Solutions

By | 2018-04-04T10:37:54+00:00 April 3rd, 2018|Drainage, Eco-Friendly, Garden Planning, Green Living, Water Management|

Spring showers are very beneficial to the health of plants as they emerge from their winter dormancy. But as a homeowner with drainage issues, heavy spring rains can be frustrating and worrisome. Major puddling may occur resulting in unusable yard space or dieback of plants and grass. In this article, we discuss some solutions that [...]

What’s In Bloom?

By | 2018-04-04T12:11:28+00:00 April 3rd, 2018|Flowers, Garden Planning, Perennials, Shrubs, Spring, Uncategorized|

Spring is here, and our nursery is filling up with blooms and blossoms! Here are some plants that are soon to be in bloom. Ornamental Trees   Corneliancherry Dogwood The yellow flowers on Corneliancherry Dogwood (Cornus mas), emerge before the foliage in late March/early April. They bloom in small clusters along the stems making [...]

Creating Romance in Your Garden

By | 2018-02-15T08:11:19+00:00 February 13th, 2018|Design Ideas, Fire Features, Garden Planning, Landscape Lighting, Outdoor settings, Plants|

The word romance primarily means "the feeling of excitement and mystery associated with love". In this article, we speak of romance in its secondary meaning: "a quality or feeling of mystery, excitement and remoteness from everyday life." With Valentine's Day upon us, we offer some ideas for creating romance in your garden. Create a destination Have a [...]

Prepare Your Garden for Winter

By | 2018-02-13T20:46:30+00:00 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 [...]

Fall-Planted, Spring-Flowering Bulbs

By | 2018-02-13T20:46:30+00:00 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 [...]

Case Study: Reclaiming Privacy and Pleasure

By | 2018-02-13T20:46:30+00:00 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 [...]

It’s Time to Order Spring-Flowering Bulbs

By | 2018-02-13T20:46:31+00:00 September 15th, 2016|Curb Appeal, Garden Planning, General News, Landscaping, Seasonal Color, Spring|

Tulips are available in a wide variety of colors. This past spring, if you noticed some areas in your garden that could have used some color and cheerfulness, now is the time to do something about it. Fall is the best time to plan and plant for spring-flowering bulbs. Our convenient bulb service delivers, arranges [...]

Create A Bird-Friendly Garden

By | 2018-02-13T20:46:31+00:00 June 7th, 2016|Birds, Garden Planning, Landscaping, Landscaping for Birds|

A bird-friendly garden can be beautiful as well as functional. These visitors add another living dimension to the garden. It is possible to attract a variety of species to the garden throughout the year in the Chicago region. Birds have four major habitat needs: water, food, cover, and a place to raise their young. Water Birds require [...]

Save the Date: Sunday, March 13

By | 2018-02-13T20:46:35+00:00 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 [...]

What’s your garden vision?

By | 2018-02-13T20:46:35+00:00 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. [...]