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New Plants & Products for Outdoor Living

By | March 7th, 2017|Back Yard, Easy-Care Plants, Fire Features, Landscape Accessories, Maintenance, New Plants, Outdoor Living, Paving and Hardscaping, Plants|

Here are some of the noteworthy plants and products for outdoor living that we discovered last month during iLandscape, our annual industry trade show. New Plants: Fiber Optics Buttonbush is a variety of the native shrub with showy globe-shaped flowers. Bears fruit and nectar that supports wildlife. Prefers wet locations. 5-6’ h. Full sun. Summer Ruffle Hibiscus is [...]

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If it's time to replace your outdated or worn-out patio or walk, you're in luck.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 [...]

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. [...]

A Built-in Fire Pit: Styles, Options and Tips

By | October 6th, 2015|Fire Features, General News, Outdoor Living, Outdoor settings, Paving and Hardscaping|

A well-designed built-in fire pit is not only a beautiful focal point in your garden but also an outdoor setting in which to gather around and enjoy cool autumn evenings. Many styles and features are available to create the fire pit you want. In this article, we describe in closer detail some of our recent fire pit projects, and [...]

Hoppy Father’s Day

By | June 16th, 2015|Back Yard, Easy-Care Plants, Gift Giving, Outdoor Living|

Imagine a Beer Hydrangea bearing frosty mugs of ice cold, frothy beer, ready for Dad to pluck off and enjoy on a hot summer afternoon. This is a re-post from June 2012. Craft beers continue to be introduced and enjoyed by many. We wish all dads of legal drinking age a Happy Father's Day. [...]

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 [...]

Case Study: The Infinite Love Garden

By | February 10th, 2015|Bluestone, Case Study, Easy-Care Plants, Flowers, Outdoor Living, Paving and Hardscaping, Pets|

The ability to find joy in the midst of great loss is a character trait that is not just hard to grasp, but one to be admired. The inspiration behind this project, located in the Ravenswood neighborhood of Chicago, was to honor the memory of a wife who was taken from this world too soon, and to [...]

A Bright Idea: Low-Voltage Landscape Lighting

By | October 7th, 2014|Landscape Lighting, Outdoor Living|

High-quality lighting fixtures are beautifully crafted, built to withstand the elements and last for years of enjoyment. Photo credit: Diana Bergren. As daylight continues to shorten this fall, you can extend the time to enjoy your home and garden with an investment in low-voltage landscape lighting. With a wide variety of fixtures and numerous lighting techniques, [...]

Warm Up Fall Evenings with an Outdoor Fire Pit

By | October 3rd, 2014|Autumn, Fall, Fire Features, Outdoor Living, Paving and Hardscaping|

A mortared stone fire pit with limestone coping is integrated into a crazy quilt limestone patio. Sitting around a roaring fire while sipping cider and roasting marshmallows is a great way to enjoy the cool and crisp evenings of autumn. A metal fire pit or clay chimenea can provide heat, but it often ages [...]

A Water Feature For Every Garden

By | July 18th, 2014|Outdoor Living, Water Features|

The sound of water from an outdoor water feature adds a relaxing, soothing element in a garden. Water features range from simple ones like a small fountain or bubbling rock that is easy to maintain, to pondless waterfalls that require a bit more maintenance, to those that are far more complex, like koi ponds, requiring high maintenance. Here are [...]