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    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.
    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.
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