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Enhancing the Natural Flow
Stone garden walls and walkways lead through the plantings.
Driveways look their best with reclaimed clay pavers
Reclaimed Clay Paver Driveway in Glenview
Weathered, variegated reclaimed clay paver bricks complement the home’s exterior.
Supporting the Stone Riverbank
Natural-looking walls shore up plantings and patios.
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.
fountain shaped like a goose with mexican black pebbles and impatiens
Whimsical Water Feature
A river rock bed adds a glossy sheen to the plant beds.
Containers Overflow with Color
Terra cotta pots extend the lively garden up onto the patio.
Custom Built Sunkin Firepit
Bluestone Gravel and Stone Fire Pit
A rustic, sunken, outdoor fire pit, nestled among plentiful trees and plantings.
shade garden with birdbath in the foreground
A Mature Shade Garden in Wilmette
Giant hosta leaves gain more texture each year.
Subtle, Successful Upgrades
New areas were installed to match original structures.
Native Plants Thrive
Drifts of flowers feel natural and unplanned.
A Friendly Welcome
Giant Annabelle hydrangeas cheerfully greet arrivals.
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.
Pretty in Pink
Reds, pinks and purples pop against a green backdrop.
Bluestone Pool Deck in Winnetka
A shady spot provides views of the plantings and pool.
Naturally Beautiful Bluestone
A curved bluestone walk feels friendly yet polished.
Glenview landscaping project featuring Lannon stone and bluestone spa.
Lannon Stone and Bluestone Spa in Glenview
The spa fills the landscape with the relaxing sounds of a waterfall.
large perennial bed in bristol wi
Large Swaths of a Few Plant Species Make an Impressive Impact
Large swaths of a few plants provide impact.
A Haven for Wildlife
The landscape is home to more than 250 species of birds.
Popular Patio Seating
Visitors can relax near the bubbling trout stream.
Perennial Beds in Bloom
Mixing heights, colors and textures adds interest.
An Urban Garden in Lincoln Park Makes the Most of a Small Space
Varying plant heights maximizes a small space.
Natural Stone Wood Burning Fire Pit
The centerpiece of an inviting outdoor living room all summer long.
Glencoe pond
Natural Bluestone Boulders in Glencoe Pond
Natural bluestone boulders provide eye-catching color.
Botanic Garden Fountain
Within a neat rectangle, an explosion of color.
Careful Garden Curatorship
Large drifts of a few plants can have a huge impact.
lake geneva wi front entry by van zelst
Grand Lake Geneva Entryway
Fences and walkways bring order to the landscape.
Fieldstone Steps in Glenview
Fieldstone steps lead to a hidden pathway.
Chicago Botanic Garden Bounty
Containers and raised beds showcase summer blooms.
stone paver driveway with purple flowers in the foreground
Vibrant from Every Angle
The driveway is as welcoming as the front door.
A Lake Geneva Welcome
Straight lines were replaced with friendly curves.
Cheerful Borders in Bloom
Varied heights allow each flower to stand out.
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.
Containers Ease the Transition
Potted annuals draw the garden into the spa surround.
lake geneva landscape with rustic bridge
Breathtaking Lake Geneva Estate
A rustic bridge connects two sides of the property.
front entry courtyard, side view.
Thinking Big in an Urban Setting
Every inch of a 50-foot lot is fully detailed.
Lake Geneva landscaping project by van zelst featuring large fountain and bronze statue.
Personalizing a Lake Geneva Garden
A natural waterfall draws the eye to a beloved bronze.
A Slice of the Color Wheel
Focusing on greens, blues and purples imparts elegance.
The Serenity of a Waterfall
Steps built into the pond keep water rushing.
One of Van Zelst's outdoor kitchens in Glenview, Illinois
An Outdoor Kitchen Island in Glenview
An outdoor kitchen island with built-in grill area perfectly suits the home.
granite millstone fountain with Mexican blue pebbles and large bed of impatiens
Granite Millstone Fountain in Wilmette, Illinois
This granite millstone fountain, surrounded by pachysandra and colorful impatiens, draws visitors and birds to this shady spot.
Family-Friendly Elegance
Native plants add an unfussy air to the patio.
Hardscape Enhances the Patio
Stone veneer and bluestone walls double as benches.
Textures at the Chicago Botanic Garden
An exploration in shrubs, perennials and foliage.
A Carefree Habitat
Daylilies and a birdbath draw butterflies and birds.
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