Outdoor Living

6 01, 2020

Looking back on 2019

By |2020-01-08T07:38:13-06:00January 6th, 2020|Design Ideas, Garden Planning, Landscaping, Outdoor Living, Outdoor settings, Uncategorized|0 Comments

2019 was another busy year of interesting projects for our company. Here are some of the many transformations we accomplished last year, or revisited to see how they've progressed. We recommend first scrolling down to view each project side by side, and then returning to the top and clicking on the first image to [...]

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 [...]

5 08, 2019

Case Study: From Mossy to Marvelous

By |2019-11-06T07:50:34-06:00August 5th, 2019|Back Yard, Case Studies, Family-friendly, Garden Planning, Outdoor Living, Outdoor settings, Paving and Hardscaping, Pergolas|0 Comments

Our clients wanted to reclaim the backyard of their 1928 Tudor Revival home to create a place to relax, enough to entertain large groups from 12 to 30. The backyard was large and promising but had its challenges. Surrounding mature shade trees created deep shade conditions that turned the surface of the existing patio [...]

11 02, 2019

Save The Date: Free Environmental Fair 3/10/19

By |2019-02-13T08:54:15-06:00February 11th, 2019|Eco-Friendly, Events, Family-friendly, Outdoor Living|0 Comments

Save the date! We invite you to join us on Sunday, March 10th from noon-4 p.m. for a free, family-friendly event which shares information about living sustainably. The Going Green Matters environmental fair will be held at the beautiful and historic Michigan Shores Club in Wilmette. This year's theme, "Waste Not, Want Not" focuses on consuming [...]

11 02, 2019

Outdoor Living Products From 2019 iLandscape

By |2019-02-12T09:21:38-06:00February 11th, 2019|Flowers, Natural Stone, New Plants, New Products, Outdoor Living, Paving and Hardscaping, Perennials|0 Comments

Last week, our office staff in the design and maintenance divisions attended the Illinois Landscape Contractors Association’s annual trade show, iLandscape. We were inspired by new products, from landscaping to hardscaping and everything in-between. Here are some of our favorites. Plants Photos courtesy of Midwest Groundcovers. Plant scientists are continuously cultivating improved [...]

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 [...]

14 08, 2018

Case Study: A Tasteful Throwback

By |2018-08-14T15:06:22-05:00August 14th, 2018|Back Yard, Case Studies, Family-friendly, Flowers, Landscaping, Natural Stone, Outdoor Living, Outdoor settings, Seasonal Color, Shade gardens, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Our clients, a busy couple who reside in a unique historic home, wished to reclaim their garden, which had become overgrown. They envisioned a private outdoor space with beautiful views for relaxing and dining outdoors, gathering around a fire, raising vegetables and potting flowers. The home was originally built in 1894 as a gardener's [...]

14 11, 2017

Case Study: From Draining to Entertaining

By |2018-02-19T16:01:20-06:00November 14th, 2017|Back Yard, Case Studies, Drainage, Easy-Care Plants, Family-friendly, Landscaping, Natural Stone, Outdoor Living, Outdoor settings, Paving and Hardscaping, Pergolas|0 Comments

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 [...]

7 03, 2017

New Plants & Products for Outdoor Living

By |2018-02-19T16:01:20-06:00March 7th, 2017|Back Yard, Easy-Care Plants, Fire Features, Landscape Accessories, Maintenance, New Plants, Outdoor Living, Paving and Hardscaping, Plants|0 Comments

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 [...]