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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 [...]

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 [...]

It’s Time to Order Spring-Flowering Bulbs

By | 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 | 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 [...]

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 [...]

Curb Appeal From Inside, Looking Out

By | March 10th, 2015|Back Yard, Curb Appeal, Landscaping, Outdoor Living|

Curb appeal:  it’s a phrase that we’ve all heard many times. It’s mentioned in most gardening magazine articles and is usually a main focus on gardening television shows. We typically think of curb appeal as what the house looks like from the street or sidewalk. You could say it’s the face of the house, or the view from [...]

Beyond Valentine’s Day: Roses For Your Garden

By | February 10th, 2015|Easy-Care Plants, Flowers, Gift Giving, Landscaping, Plants|

A traditional gift for Valentine’s Day is a bouquet of roses. Cut flowers are beautiful but not very long lasting.  If you love roses and want to enjoy them all summer long, plant hardy landscape roses in your garden.  These plants are low maintenance and easy to grow. The following are the tried and true [...]

Case Study: An Alternative Yard

By | January 19th, 2015|Case Study, General News, Landscaping, Lawn-free, Shade gardens, Water Features|

Our clients, Tom and Judith, travelled extensively and spent little time in their Wilmette garden. Now they were ready to enjoy their home again, and wished to reclaim their backyard. A dramatic wood sculpture, built by Tom, greets one upon entering the space, imparting that it is no ordinary backyard. Four 100+ year-old Oak trees at the corners, and a [...]

Parkway Plantings: Less Lawn, More Appeal

By | July 21st, 2014|Curb Appeal, Drought-Tolerant Plants, Easy-Care Plants, Flowers, Landscaping, Plants, Seasonal Color, Shade gardens|

Sometimes we are really tested as landscape designers and horticulturists. One common challenge that we encounter is getting plants to grow in parkways, especially in urban neighborhoods. Large, mature street trees, often with shallow roots and a dense canopy such as Norway Maples, rob a site of sun, moisture and nutrients. Even with these less [...]

Save the Date: Sunday, March 9, 1-5 p.m.

By | February 25th, 2014|Green Living, Landscaping, Lawn Care, Maintenance, Organic Pest Control, Outdoor Living, Special Event, Things to Do, Water Management|

Going Green Matters is a free, family-friendly environmental fair where you can spend a Sunday afternoon learning about a greener lifestyle. This year, it will be held at the Woman's Club of Wilmette at 930 Greenleaf Avenue. We invite you to stop by our table to learn about environmentally responsible products and services for your garden. In anticipation of [...]