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garden bird art with hosta in foreground
Striking Blue-Green Hostas
Oversized, variegated hostas provide the perfect setting for bronze crane garden art.
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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.
bluestone walkway with lush planting bed
Generous Plantings Line the Bluestone Walkway with Season-long Color
Lush front entry plantings include the red wax leaf begonia, a bed of small round boxwood shrubs surrounded by the dark leaves of the coral bells.
Granite Millstone Fountain in Glenview
A converted millstone fits perfectly into the natural landscape.
reclaimed artifact fountain
Artifact Fountain Imported from India
Located off the home office porch, this “artifact” planter was imported from India and converted to a fountain.
butterfly garden sculpture with pink astilbe
Lighthearted Garden Bench
Stone pavers lead to a shady spot to perch among the trees and tall, pink astilbe.
Shady Walkway in Glenview
Clay pavers complement the rich greens of a wooded path.
Wall of Hydrangeas in Glenview
Annabelle hydrangeas create a breathtaking backdrop.
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Glorious Glenview Vegetable Garden
A linear bluestone pathway leads to more casual blooms in this Glenview vegetable garden.
formal boxwood hedge in winnetka IL
Formal Boxwood Hedges in Winnetka
Carefully manicured boxwood hedges follow the geometric lines of the stone wall and the home’s exterior.
Foliage Colors and Textures
The interplay of greens and reds, as well as a variety of leaf shapes and sizes, creates a captivating scene.
Lake Forest Outdoor Kitchen and Built-in Grill
A full outdoor kitchen and entertaining area fits perfectly into the patio.
Stairway Planting Beds in Twin Lakes
A stepped design allows plantings to add variety and interest.
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Bluestone Pool Deck and Spa in Glenview IL
Smooth concrete coping gives the bluestone patio, pool and spa a clean edge.
Perennial bed with daylilies, hydrangea, and astilbe in Winnetka, Illnois
Daylilies Star in Winnetka Perennial Bed
Lush plantings of white hydrangeas, red-orange daylilies and pink astilbe add lightness and color to the classic garden space.
Spectacular Northbrook Garden
Chartreuse hostas seem to capture the sun, and are even more distinctive beside purple alliums.
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Natural Stone Steps Connect Entertaining Areas in Winnetka
Bluestone steps, supported by fieldstone slabs, mirror the angles and proportions of the home’s architecture.
natural stone retaining wall with sweeping perennial beds
Natural Stone Retaining Wall in Bull Valley IL
Large sweeping beds of bee balm and astilbe abut the impressive outcropping stone retaining wall.
crushed stone driveway entrance
Crushed Stone Driveway in Winnetka
This crushed stone driveway is made from decomposed granite and lends a gracious air to an expansive driveway and parking surface.
Color, Water and Stone in Glenview
Textured plantings and hardscape guide the eye through the landscape.
Twin Lakes Window Boxes
Annuals spill out of window boxes, echoing the colors of plant beds.
Built-in Irrigation in Twin Lakes
Plant beds are fully irrigated to remain lush all summer.
formal garden with statue in winnetka, illinois
Garden Statue Enhances a Formal Winnetka Landscape
Garden art, such as this classically inspired garden statue, adds interest to the order and organization of a formal estate garden.
Beautiful Views in Glenview
A spa offers views of container plants and bright perennials.
Highland Park Built-in Fire Pit
A Lannon Stone wall is surrounded by carefully cut bluestone slabs.
large multi-tier composite stone fountain
Large Multi-Tier Composite Stone Fountain
The large multi-tier composite stone fountain ​is opposite the front door across the auto court surrounded by annuals and reclaimed granite pathway and low boxwood hedge.
decomposed granite pathway with formal boxwood hedge
Decomposed Granite Path and Driveway in Winnetka
A decomposed granite path adds casual elegance to pathways, the driveway and parking surface.
Landscaping for Shady Areas
A medley of smooth, shade-friendly greens is punctuated by spiky astilbe and goat’s beard.
lannon stone spa with hard cover in glenview il
Raised Spa with Lannon Stone Veneer
This raised spa in Glenview, Illinois features a Lannon stone veneer with smooth concrete coping.
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Professionally Maintained Landscape in Winnetka, Illinois
A winding boxwood hedge adds structure to the landscape.
bluestone walkway with lush plantings
Bluestone Walkway with Lush Plantings
This curved bluestone walkway is lined with lush plantings.
flagstone stepper walkway with penstemon on both sides
Penstemon in Full Bloom Surrounds this Informal Flagstone Walkway
The irregular stone slabs of the walkway complement the more polished bluestone patio.
New Stone Walkway Each Season
Flowering plants are staged for new views from week to week.
Ornamentals Add Visual Appeal
Flowering trees and shrubs complement mature trees.
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.
Kenilworth Spa and Firepit
Flagstone walls tie the design of the spa and fire pit together.
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.
Maintaining a Natural Feel
Upgrades protected the stream, plantings and habitats.
spa tucked into lush landscaping
A Private Retreat
Mounds of foliage, shrubs and perennials help the spa blend in.
Outdoor Dining Room
A formal room is delineated by stone and large-scale plantings.
Clay Pavers Replace Worn Out Asphalt in Winnetka IL
New Brick Paver Drive in Winnetka
Replacing concrete upgrades the whole property.
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Tropical Plant Containers in Bristol Wisconsin
Planters encourage experimentation as they change with the seasons.
Welcoming Stone Outdoor Fire Pit
Lannon stone and bluestone add sophistication to the backyard fire pit.
Comfortably Curving Bluestone
Combining straight lines and curves adds interest.
Terra Cotta Touches in Glenview
Oversized containers add height and interest around the patio.
Blending Cultural Influences
Globally inspired details fit in a calm American garden.
Clay Pavers and a Bluestone Walk in Winnetka
Clay pavers and a bluestone walk suit the new exterior.
woodland shade garden with astilbe and hosta
Northbrook Shade Garden
Wooded areas were underplanted to add color and texture.
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