Flowers

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 [...]

13 05, 2015

A Plant You Should Know: Deutzia

By |2020-01-14T10:35:33-06:00May 13th, 2015|Flowers, Seasonal Color, Shade gardens, Shrubs, Spring|0 Comments

This time of year, big box nurseries often offer a lot of what’s most popular: lilacs, forsythias, azaleas. Why not "think outside the box" and use Deutzia, a small, carefree shrub that bears pretty spring flowers on arching stems, settles to a neat, rounded appearance in summer and ends the season with lovely burgundy [...]

12 05, 2015

Perennials for the Pollinator Garden

By |2018-02-19T16:01:24-06:00May 12th, 2015|Easy-Care Plants, Eco-Friendly, Flowers|0 Comments

Spring is an ideal time to plan and install herbaceous perennial plants. Many 1-gallon size perennials will provide a great flower display in the first year. Perennials provide a source of nectar and habitat for pollinators after spring flowers on trees and shrubs have passed. News of our wild pollinators dropping in number in recent [...]

10 02, 2015

Case Study: The Infinite Love Garden

By |2018-02-19T16:01:24-06:00February 10th, 2015|Bluestone, Case Studies, Easy-Care Plants, Flowers, Outdoor Living, Paving and Hardscaping, Pets|0 Comments

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 [...]

10 02, 2015

Beyond Valentine’s Day: Roses For Your Garden

By |2018-02-19T16:01:24-06:00February 10th, 2015|Easy-Care Plants, Flowers, Gift Giving, Landscaping, Plants|0 Comments

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 [...]

5 09, 2014

Tips for a Picture-Perfect Spring Display

By |2018-02-19T16:01:25-06:00September 5th, 2014|Flowers, Seasonal Color, Spring|0 Comments

As we head into fall, and bulb planting season nears, here are some helpful tips for a picture-perfect floral display when spring arrives. We've made them easier to remember by giving them movie titles! ONE HIT WONDER Tulips are available in an astounding variety of shapes, sizes and colors, but need replenishing every year or two [...]

19 08, 2014

Late Summer-Early Fall Bloomers

By |2018-02-19T16:01:25-06:00August 19th, 2014|Autumn, Flowers, Seasonal Color|0 Comments

Late August-early September is a challenging time in the garden between the Hydrangeas of summer and the Asters of fall. For some areas of the country, it can mark the beginning of the transition into the dormant season. There are, however, certain plants that do peak during this time in the Chicago area. Many of these [...]

21 07, 2014

Parkway Plantings: Less Lawn, More Appeal

By |2018-02-19T16:01:25-06:00July 21st, 2014|Curb Appeal, Drought-Tolerant Plants, Easy-Care Plants, Flowers, Landscaping, Plants, Seasonal Color, Shade gardens|0 Comments

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 [...]