Shade gardens

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

19 01, 2015

Case Study: An Alternative Yard

By |2019-07-19T17:33:54-05:00January 19th, 2015|Case Studies, General News, Landscaping, Lawn-free, Shade gardens, Water Features|0 Comments

Our clients, Tom and Judith, traveled extensively and spent little time in their Wilmette garden. Now they were ready to enjoy their home again, and wished to reclaim their backyard. A dramatic wood sculpture, built by Tom, greets one upon entering the space, imparting that it is no ordinary backyard. Four 100+ year-old oak [...]

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 [...]

26 07, 2011

Ornamental Grasses and Sedges For Shade and Deer Resistance

By |2018-02-19T16:01:29-06:00July 26th, 2011|Landscaping, Shade gardens|0 Comments

Many gardens in the areas we serve have two factors that can make gardening difficult….deer and shade. If you love the look of ornamental grasses but thought they couldn't possibly survive in your shady, deer-troubled garden, think again. There are actually a number of beautiful ornamental grasses and sedges that not only tolerate shade, but seem to be [...]