Curb Appeal

4 12, 2019

Case Study: Optimized For Outdoor Living

By |2020-01-08T09:33:32-06:00December 4th, 2019|Back Yard, Bluestone, Case Studies, Children's garden, Curb Appeal, Decks, Design Ideas, Family-friendly, Fire Features, Garden Planning, Landscaping, Outdoor Living, Outdoor settings, Paving and Hardscaping, Pergolas|0 Comments

The homeowners of a beautiful 1894 Queen Anne Victorian home contacted us to create an impressive outdoor entertaining space, equipped with four different areas for entertaining: a bigger deck for lounging, a kitchen/dining area, a fire pit area, and lots of lawn space for their child to play. They also desired more privacy. Situated [...]

9 12, 2018

Looking Back on 2018

By |2018-12-19T11:34:22-06:00December 9th, 2018|Curb Appeal, Design Ideas, Landscaping, Outdoor Living, Outdoor settings, Paving and Hardscaping|0 Comments

Another landscaping season has come to an end. Where did the time go? This slideshow features some of our favorite projects of 2018. Some were installed this year, while others are places we revisited. Juxtaposed with a "before" photo, each dramatic change appears to have happened instantly. These transformations show the result of close [...]

11 07, 2018

Perennials with Presence

By |2018-07-13T16:22:11-05:00July 11th, 2018|Birds, Butterflies, Curb Appeal, Deer resistant, Design Ideas, Easy-Care Plants, Flowers, Landscaping, Perennials|0 Comments

With summer in full swing, everything is lush and green outside. How is your garden growing? If it's in need of something that's bolder and more interesting than the ubiquitous hosta or daylily, consider adding a large perennial with presence. These summer beauties stand out not only for their height and their flowers or [...]

25 07, 2017

Case Study: Reclaiming Privacy and Pleasure

By |2018-02-19T16:01:20-06:00July 25th, 2017|Bluestone, Case Studies, Curb Appeal, Front Yard, Garden Planning, Landscaping, Natural Stone|0 Comments

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 [...]

15 12, 2016

Case Study: Award-Winning Lakefront Property

By |2018-02-19T16:01:20-06:00December 15th, 2016|Awards, Case Studies, Curb Appeal, Drainage, Front Yard, Water Features|0 Comments

After: The new driveway curves around a cast stone fountain (not pictured). Before: The residence in 2001. Our clients own a lakefront Tudor revival home built in 1910, located in the Evanston Lakeshore Historic District. They shared an asphalt driveway with their neighbors, who reside in a newer construction home built [...]

15 09, 2016

It’s Time to Order Spring-Flowering Bulbs

By |2018-02-19T16:01:21-06:00September 15th, 2016|Curb Appeal, Garden Planning, General News, Landscaping, Seasonal Color, Spring|0 Comments

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 [...]

8 03, 2016

Groundcover Alternatives to Grass

By |2018-08-30T13:22:04-05:00March 8th, 2016|Curb Appeal, Easy-Care Plants, Flowers, General News, Landscaping, Lawn-free, New Plants, Pollinators, Shade gardens|0 Comments

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 [...]

8 12, 2015

What’s your garden vision?

By |2018-02-19T16:01:23-06:00December 8th, 2015|Back Yard, Curb Appeal, Garden Planning, Outdoor settings|0 Comments

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. [...]

13 07, 2015

Case Study: Renewed Landscape for Century-Old Manufacturer

By |2018-02-19T16:01:24-06:00July 13th, 2015|Curb Appeal, Easy-Care Plants, Eco-Friendly, Flowers, Front Yard, General News, Industrial, Paving and Hardscaping|0 Comments

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 [...]