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Flagstone patio with stone seating wall
Wilmette Illinois Flagstone Patio with Stone Seating Wall
Patio paved with Idaho Gold flagstone.
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Prairie Dropseed Grass | Exploded Flagstone Patio
Prairie Dropseed grass next to exploded flagstone patio.
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Multiple Seating Areas | Large Bluestone Patio
Large bluestone patio with multiple seating areas in Park Ridge IL.
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Island Planting Beds with Columnar Maples
Island plant beds lined in Valders stone cobbles.
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Planting Island | Bluestone Patio | Park Ridge IL Garden
Pachysandra in planting islands provides punch of green.
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Elevated Bluestone Patio Ringed in Limestone Outcropping
This elevated bluestone patio is ringed in outcropping stone.
kenilworth flagstone firepit
Kenilworth Flagstone Firepit
A 42″ wide flagstone firepit with 16″ wide bluestone coping is the perfect place to sit by the fire.
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A Carpet of Bluestone in Glenview
An outdoor living room sits comfortably on decomposed bluestone.
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Winnetka Bluestone Patio Draws Focus to a Garden Fountain
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.
birck paver patio set in herringbone pattern
Winnetka Red Brick Paver Patio and Outdoor Room
Arranged on an expanse of red brick pavers, this outdoor dining area feels cozy, as if it’s ensconced in its own outdoor room.
flagstone patio with creeping thyme
Flagstone Patio with Creeping Thyme in Northbrook
Sheltered by perennials, an idyllic place to chat.
Fireplace on patio in Glenview, Illinois
Cozy Glenview Patio
Seating for two—the fireplace adds a personal touch.
Outdoor Living Spaces in Glenview
Arborvitae screens the intimate garden and dining area.
Glenview Illinois Garden by Van Zelst, Inc.
Surrounded by Roses
Bluestone chips carve out a spot to enjoy the blooms.
Outdoor Dining Room
A formal room is delineated by stone and large-scale plantings.
creeping thyme planted in gaps of flagstone patio
Loosely Set Flagstone with Creeping Thyme Planted in the Gaps
Sit and relax is this conversation area.
Gathering Hot Spot
Lannon stone, bluestone and gravel surround the fire pit.
Bluestone Seatwall Cap by Van Zelst, Inc.
New Bluestone Seatwall Cap
An existing wall is refreshed with new bluestone.
Interplay of Hardscape
Bluestone pavers pair well with Lannon stone walls.
flagstone patio with grasses
Flagstone Outdoor Living Room Surrounded by Color and Life
Abundant grasses and blooms surround this outdoor living room.
Maximizing a Glenview Patio
An elevated bluestone deck offers sweeping views.
Entertaining Outdoors in Kenilworth
Tumbled concrete pavers create a casual atmosphere.
A Layer of Sophistication
Jerusalem limestone slabs elevate the tone of the patio.
Combining Stone Types in Northbrook
Deftly handled, stone can be mixed to great effect.
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Closeup of Exploded Flagstone Patio
This overhead detail photo shows the exploded flagstone patio with creeping thyme planted between the joints.
bluestone patio with wrought iron chaise lounge
Perennials Thrive in Sun and Shade from Spring through Fall
One of the hallmarks of Van Zelst landscape design is continuous color throughout the season.
Subtle, Successful Upgrades
New areas were installed to match original structures.
Informal Take on Bluestone
Bluestone chips and Dragon’s Blood sedum create a casual air.
Gracious Kenilworth Pool House
A warmly appointed addition offers expansive garden views.
Stone Firepit in Dundee
A stone firepit echoes the building’s original exterior.
Popular Patio Seating
Visitors can relax near the bubbling trout stream.
Careful Garden Curatorship
Large drifts of a few plants can have a huge impact.
patio with umbrella and pots overflowing with flowers
Informal Seating in Wilmette
Containers bring color and life onto the patio.
Arranged for Entertaining
Discrete seating areas encourages guests to mingle.
Separate Seating Areas
A step-down patio maximizes entertaining space.
Abundant Summer Color
Lush perennials make the most of a small space.
stacked stone seat wall capped with bluestone and surrounded by lush perennial beds
Intermixing Stone in Wilmette
Fieldstone and bluestone combine for a unique effect.
Family-Friendly Elegance
Native plants add an unfussy air to the patio.
Hardscape Enhances the Patio
Stone veneer and bluestone walls double as benches.
Punches of Seasonal Color
Pots can be replanted in spring, summer and fall.
two black iron chairs in shaded patio garden
Plants for Shady Spaces
A hosta garden showcases variety in size and color.
A Bold Color Scheme
Cool greens balance the vivid colors of the pool.
Designed for Entertaining
Distinct gathering areas suit different sized groups.
Thoughtful Urban Storage
Benches hold cushions and extend guest seating.
A 360-Degree Landscape
Each view is enhanced by hardscape and plantings.
Summer Entertainment-Ready
A paver-laid patio serves as a vast outdoor room.
highland park landscaping project featuing crushed red granite and bluestone patio.
A Shady Place to Chat
Gravel and bluestone set the stage for socializing.
The Perfect Complement
A generous patio urges guests to come outside.
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Unwinding with Water
A broken path meanders around a granite fountain.
A Restful Retreat
A contained space for relaxing, with pops of color.
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