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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 [...]

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If it's time to replace your outdated or worn-out patio or walk, you're in luck.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

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 [...]

Case Study: Renewed Landscape for Century-Old Manufacturer

By | July 13th, 2015|Curb Appeal, Easy-Care Plants, Eco-Friendly, Flowers, Front Yard, General News, Industrial, Paving and Hardscaping|

IRMCO® Advanced Lubricant Technologies is a manufacturer of oil-free metal forming and tube bending lubricants. The company, founded in 1914 and based in Evanston since 1919, is considered an industry innovator, a steward for the environment and an exemplary neighbor in the West End Industrial District. CEO Jeff Jeffery, the great-grandson of founder William Oats Jeffery, contacted Nature's Perspective [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Clear The Way! De-Icing with Care

By | February 4th, 2014|Lawn Care, Paving and Hardscaping, Plants|

A few more weeks of ice and snow are in the forecast, as we slowly head towards spring. We share a modified re-post from December 2010 on clearing icy surfaces outside your home. We are often asked what products we recommend to melt ice or improve traction on stoops, steps, walkways and drives. Many of the items [...]

Case Study: Night and Day

By | October 28th, 2013|Case Study, Outdoor Living, Paving and Hardscaping|

Our clients enjoy being in their backyard and entertaining outdoors. Three years ago, we integrated a new firepit area with seat wall into their old, small patio. This year, they were ready for a completely new outdoor living space, with much more room, functionality and aesthetic value. Wider, modular steps were built to lead down to the new space from rear [...]

Case Study: Restorative Garden at Three Crowns Park

By | November 2nd, 2012|Case Study, Flowers, General News, Landscape Lighting, Paving and Hardscaping, Plants, Water Features|

Nature’s Perspective recently completed construction of a restorative water garden 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 this year, Ariel Schrodt, a new resident of Three Crowns Park, had a vision of creating a memorial garden for his [...]