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The Perfect Complement
A generous patio urges guests to come outside.
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.
lake geneva lawn care by van zelst
Pavers Suit the Setting
Formal stone patios branch casually into the turf.
Stepping Up Formality
Sculptures and urns evoke a formal feel indoors.
Tumbled Paver Driveway in Lake Geneva Sets the Tone
Easy curves and dappled pavers feel relaxed.
A Spectacular Focal Point
Plantings and stone culminate in a pleasing bronze.
Defining a Friendly Space
Framing the boundaries make a space more intimate.
A Place to Decompress in Lake Forest
Students can relax in a carved-out a seating area.
seating area
Combining Stone in New Ways
Gravel, pavers and concrete work together artfully.
Smart and Attractive Pathways
Gravel allows rainwater to permeate into the soil.
Color, Height and Texture
Tall grasses attract attention from indoors and out.
Barrington Hills Upgraded Driveway
Pavers elevate the entry and complement the home.
Extending the Home’s Aesthetic
Bluestone walkways echo the lines of the house.
Kinilworth concrete paver driveway
Blending Stone in Kenilworth
Clay and tumbled concrete pavers are a striking contrast.
Hardscape as Hero in Kenilworth
Planters and a mix of stones personalize the pool and spa.
Stone Makes a Statement
Flower beds keep the formal entry down to earth.
Glenview’s Floral Fireworks
Varied shapes and colors create a stunning whole.
bluestone walkway surrounded by push beds of annual flowers
Variegated Bluestone Pavers
Variegated bluestone pavers make a seemingly random pattern feel easy and inviting in this Wilmette garden.
A Spectrum of Greens
A minimal color palette can have a big impact.
Barrington Hills Paver Driveway
A curved drive feels organic and inviting.
Botanic Garden Perennials
Lush plantings separate walkways from open space.
Native Plants at the Chicago Botanic Garden
A display of the beauty of Illinois wildflowers.
Constant Color at the Chicago Botanic Garden
Daylilies bloom brightly throughout the season.
Chicago Botanic Garden Beds
The fading sun intensifies pink and purple blooms.
Chicago Botanic Garden Path
Mounds of flowers offset dramatic blocks of green.
Chicago Botanic Garden Fountaton
Complementing the Chicago Botanic Garden
Spiky foliage mimics the shapes of the water.
Northbrook garden art featuring African sculpture
A Sculptural Showcase in Northbrook
Pavers and plantings lead to an African sculpture.
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