Illinois Garden Designs

A pastoral English garden for your Victorian-style home, a colorful shade garden for a pretty wooded area, a low-maintenance or drought-tolerant garden to save water and protect the environment—what’s your vision for your landscape?

The Van Zelst landscape architecture team is skilled at designing gardens to reflect your personal tastes, as well as the style, scale and even color palette and materials of your home. From the most naturalistic-looking, fragrant gardens of native wildflowers to a more formal, Mediterranean garden feel, we can work with you to deliver just the look you imagine.

Some of the garden designs we can offer include:

  • Low-maintenance gardens
  • Hands-on gardens
  • Edible gardens
  • Vegetable gardens
  • Herb gardens
  • Fragrant gardens
  • Drought-tolerant gardens
  • Rock gardens
  • English gardens
  • Mediterranean gardens
  • Poolside gardens
  • Sun gardens
  • Shade gardens
  • Xeriscape gardens

Often, our most successful garden designs combine elements of distinct landscape styles, creating a truly unique environment tailored to your home and lifestyle.

For example, complementing a formal garden with a small edible garden patch can keep the environment fresh and interesting. Arranging a loose cottage garden around carefully planned stone walkways and hardscape can impart a welcome sense of structure and flow. Adding an herb garden near an outdoor dining room can be beautiful and practical. Or finding a home for a whimsical piece of outdoor art can make even the most sophisticated setting more inviting.

Talk to the Van Zelst team about your ideas today. Share your thoughts on your favorite garden styles—from fragrant gardens to edible gardens to the latest xeriscape gardens. We’ll work with you to address challenges in your space, satisfy your lifestyle and entertaining needs, and create a garden design that’s breathtaking, healthy and harmonizes with your whole property.