Patio paved with Idaho Gold flagstone.
Prairie Dropseed grass next to exploded flagstone patio.
Large bluestone patio with multiple seating areas in Park Ridge IL.
Island plant beds lined in Valders stone cobbles.
Pachysandra in planting islands provides punch of green.
This elevated bluestone patio is ringed in outcropping stone.
A 42″ wide flagstone firepit with 16″ wide bluestone coping is the perfect place to sit by the fire.
An outdoor living room sits comfortably on decomposed bluestone.
Arced lines and a bronze garden fountain soften the geometry of the formal landscape, while adding the relaxing sounds of water to the classic setting.
Arranged on an expanse of red brick pavers, this outdoor dining area feels cozy, as if it’s ensconced in its own outdoor room.
Sheltered by perennials, an idyllic place to chat.
Seating for two—the fireplace adds a personal touch.
Arborvitae screens the intimate garden and dining area.
Bluestone chips carve out a spot to enjoy the blooms.
A formal room is delineated by stone and large-scale plantings.
Sit and relax is this conversation area.
Lannon stone, bluestone and gravel surround the fire pit.
An existing wall is refreshed with new bluestone.
Bluestone pavers pair well with Lannon stone walls.
Abundant grasses and blooms surround this outdoor living room.
An elevated bluestone deck offers sweeping views.
Tumbled concrete pavers create a casual atmosphere.
Jerusalem limestone slabs elevate the tone of the patio.
Deftly handled, stone can be mixed to great effect.
This overhead detail photo shows the exploded flagstone patio with creeping thyme planted between the joints.
One of the hallmarks of Van Zelst landscape design is continuous color throughout the season.
New areas were installed to match original structures.
Bluestone chips and Dragon’s Blood sedum create a casual air.
A warmly appointed addition offers expansive garden views.
A stone firepit echoes the building’s original exterior.
Visitors can relax near the bubbling trout stream.
Large drifts of a few plants can have a huge impact.
Containers bring color and life onto the patio.
Discrete seating areas encourages guests to mingle.
A step-down patio maximizes entertaining space.
Lush perennials make the most of a small space.
Fieldstone and bluestone combine for a unique effect.
Native plants add an unfussy air to the patio.
Stone veneer and bluestone walls double as benches.
Pots can be replanted in spring, summer and fall.
A hosta garden showcases variety in size and color.
Cool greens balance the vivid colors of the pool.
Distinct gathering areas suit different sized groups.
Benches hold cushions and extend guest seating.
Each view is enhanced by hardscape and plantings.
A paver-laid patio serves as a vast outdoor room.
Gravel and bluestone set the stage for socializing.
A generous patio urges guests to come outside.
A broken path meanders around a granite fountain.
A contained space for relaxing, with pops of color.