Seasonal Color

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

Ornamental Grasses: Easy to Care For, Hard to Resist

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

Ornamental grasses have gained popularity in recent years due to their low maintenance and potential for year-round interest in the garden. These plants also respond beautifully to the wind and create sound with their rustling leaves. True grasses are in the Grass family (Poaceae) but horticulturists consider Sedges (Carex spp.) within the group of ornamental [...]

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 [...]

7 01, 2014

Case Study: Zen Garden Elevates Entrance to High-Rise

By |2018-02-19T16:01:26-06:00January 7th, 2014|Case Studies, Drainage, Japanese garden, Seasonal Color, Shade gardens, Water Management|0 Comments

Optima Towers is a modern, luxury high-rise residential building located in downtown Evanston. A large decorative sign overhead marks the main entrance, and a paved walk flanked with planting areas leads one down a shady, long courtyard to the main lobby. The existing landscaping of sparse, leggy plantings was not thriving due to low light conditions and wet [...]

30 08, 2013

Plant Bulbs with Deer and Rabbit Resistance

By |2018-02-19T16:01:26-06:00August 30th, 2013|Flowers, General News, Landscaping, Plants, Seasonal Color|0 Comments

As autumn nears, it's a good time to think spring. Spring-flowering bulbs can only be planted during the fall. Daffodils are the mainstay of the bulb garden and are reliable performers, while showy Tulips should be replenished each year to keep their impact strong. There are many other spring-flowering bulbs that are not as well [...]

16 01, 2013

Case Study: Cottage Garden With Curb Appeal

By |2018-02-19T16:01:27-06:00January 16th, 2013|Case Studies, Flowers, General News, Landscaping, Plants, Retaining Wall, Seasonal Color|0 Comments

Our clients purchased this charming 1920’s Dutch colonial house with plans of making it their own. The existing landscape consisted of a traditional front lawn with overgrown shrubs and a scattering of perennials. Our clients wanted to simplify the maintenance, add curb appeal and create a garden for all to enjoy. After remodeling the home's [...]

17 12, 2012

Plants for a Winter Wonderland

By |2018-02-19T16:01:27-06:00December 17th, 2012|Plants, Seasonal Color|0 Comments

Say goodbye to the dreariness of winter, by installing a fantastic plant (or two!) that will bring plenty of inspiration and interest in your winter garden. Paperbark Maple, Acer griseum, is a low-growing, small deciduous tree with scarlet red fall color and striking cinnamon-colored bark that exfoliates.15-20’h x 10’w. Full sun-part shade. Kousa Dogwood, Cornus [...]

30 06, 2011

A Plant You Should Know: Black Lace Elderberry

By |2018-02-19T16:01:29-06:00June 30th, 2011|Flowers, General News, Landscaping, Landscaping for Birds, Plants, Seasonal Color|0 Comments

Looking for a dramatic plant to serve as a focal point in your garden? Think Black. Black Lace Elderberry, that is! Black Lace™ Elderberry (Sambucus nigra ‘Eva’ ppaf) is fairly new to the United States, introduced in 2006. One could easily mistake this plant for an exotic Japanese Maple, given its lacy, finely-cut leaves that are purple-black in color. But unlike a [...]