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Punches of Seasonal Color
Pots can be replanted in spring, summer and fall.
orange lilys mixed with white hydrangea
High-Contrast Color
White hydrangeas amplify warm oranges and reds.
Chicago Botanic Garden Color
Flowers of all hues come together beautifully.
Sun-Loving Perennials in Northbrook
At the height of summer, blooms look to the sky.
A Clean Place to Rest Your Eyes
A white bridge is refreshing among the bold hues.
Well-Adapted Perennials Thrive in Lake Geneva
Hostas and daylilies impart color all season long.
Pastoral Garden Path in Lake Geneva
A stone path is perfect for this shady glen.
flagstone walkway and flagstone steps
An Inventive Approach
Broad steps establish the lines of planting beds.
two black iron chairs in shaded patio garden
Plants for Shady Spaces
A hosta garden showcases variety in size and color.
Complementary Stonework
Linear bluestone harmonizes with the home design.
A Bold Color Scheme
Cool greens balance the vivid colors of the pool.
A Serene, Shady Setting in Winnetka
White blooms bring light into shady areas.
Uncommon Containers
Beautiful and varied, using mostly foliage.
Colorful, Vibrant Leaves
Note how most of the color is from foliage plants.
A Quiet Corner
A shady corner is the perfect home for a statue.
A Picturesque Water View
A koi pond makes a dramatic centerpiece.
Designed for Entertaining
Distinct gathering areas suit different sized groups.
Containers Enlarge the Footprint
Potted annuals inject more color into a city lot.
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.
An Upgrade for the Spa
A new stone surround integrates an existing spa.
Shade-Loving Color
Hostas and astilbe thrive under a mature tree.
Framing the Space in Stone
A stone wall keeps free-flowing plants in check.
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.
fountain
A Grand Fountain in Lincoln Park
A peaceful addition gives kids a place to splash.
granite millstone fountain
Unwinding with Water
A broken path meanders around a granite fountain.
A Restful Retreat
A contained space for relaxing, with pops of color.
A Burst of Vivid Color
Summer annuals grow quickly, spilling from urns.
front entry garden bed
Beautiful Backdrop for Entertaining
Blooms of all colors, sizes and textures add interest.
Adding Height and Interest
A fanciful planter personalizes a shady corner.
Illinois-Friendly Flowers
Black-eyed Susans and purple coneflower thrive.
Containers Soften the Setting
Urns overflowing with annuals brighten the entry.
An Outdoor Dining Room
Stone and floral “walls” outline the space.
Poolside Entertaining
Choices in seating keep guests near the fun.
The Pool Takes Center Stage
Bluestone amplifies the deep sapphire of the pool.
Outdoor kitchen by pool in Golf, Illinois.
A Full-Service Outdoor Kitchen
Outdoor kitchen islands with built-in grills and more bring the party outside.
Fall landscape photo used to illustrate fall clean-up
A Bold Fall Palette
Russet, orange and gold are striking in Fall.
concrete paver walkway in barrington hills
Interplay of Plantings and Pavers
Winding pathways lead visitors through the garden.
Hidden Jewels in Glenview
A casual pathway heightens the sense of discovery.
woodland shade garden with hosta and ferns
Focus on Foliage
Varied heights, textures and shades of green add impact.
Balancing Formal and Informal
A linear hedge leads the eye to casual bursts of color.
A Burst of White in Glenview
A pop of bright white stands out among all the color.
The Finishing Touch—Containers
Annuals in urns echo the colors of perennial beds.
Extending Living Space Outdoors
A patio augments interior space for entertaining.
lake forest landscaping project by van zelst featuring gravel pathway.
An Inviting Educational Environment
Casual paths invite students and visitors outdoors.
Glencoe landcaping project by Van Zelst features a pond and bluestone boulders.
An Exotic Combination in Glencoe
Colorful foliage complements many types of stone.
A Grand City Entrance
Flagstone and pavers form a unique welcome.
outcropping with red sedum in full bloom
A Seemingly Untouched Setting
The outcropping retaining wall and perennials appear centuries old.
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