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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.
tropical plant container in bristol wi
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.
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.
mixed perennial bed with multi-colored flowers
Perennial Flowers in Every Color
Sweeps of purple stachys, red bee balm, white shasta daisy, yellow black-eyed susan and green sedum are tidy yet casual.
A Shady Seat in a Glenview Landscape
A built-in seatwall is perfect for admiring summer blooms.
Glenview Gourmet Outdoor Kitchen
Bluestone and Lanon stone elevate the stainless steel grill and preferred accessories to a chef-ready level.
Winnetka Residence with New Blue Stone Pool Decking
Inviting Blues
The bluestone pool deck is welcoming yet refined.
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.
Pink, Blue and White Blooms
Hydrangeas, hostas, vinca and impatiens thrive in the shade.
Interplay of Hardscape
Bluestone pavers pair well with Lannon stone walls.
A Weathered Waterfall in Northbrook
The pool and seatwall appear aged to match existing stone.
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.
Light, Color and Texture
Varying shapes and sizes create a layered landscape.
Entertaining Outdoors in Kenilworth
Tumbled concrete pavers create a casual atmosphere.
Striking Seasonal Views
Flower beds provide pleasing views from the home and walkways.
A Colorful Landscape in Glenview
A stone wall holds spirited flowers and shrubs in check.
A Layer of Sophistication
Jerusalem limestone slabs elevate the tone of the patio.
Built-in Barbecue Grill in Lake Forest
A red brick grill surround matches the home’s exterior and patio.
Combining Stone Types in Northbrook
Deftly handled, stone can be mixed to great effect.
stone walkway with creeping thyme and colorful container
Naturalized Walkway
Creeping thyme and bluestone lead through shady, low plantings.
Outdoor Fire Pit in Highland Park
Bluestone and Lannon stone combine for a cozy built-in backyard fire pit.
redbud tree with spring bulbs
Blooms Herald Spring
Redbud blossoms and bulbs provide long-awaited color.
closeup of exploded bluestone patio
Closeup of Exploded Flagstone Patio
This overhead detail photo shows the exploded flagstone patio with creeping thyme planted between the joints.
Hardscape Brings People Together
The pool deck, patio and fire pit draw groups of different sizes.
Wildflowers Go Wild
Native plants bloom with abandon in their natural habitat.
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.
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