2010 Silver Award Winner for Sustainable Landscape
Design and Construction by the Illinois Landscape
Contractors Association (ILCA)
The quaking aspen in front of the home had grown so large it blocked views. The owners limbed it up and complemented the area with plantings and a swing.
A circle rose garden, called for by the home’s original landscape plan, has been planted with perennials better suited to the shade offered by 100-year-old trees.
Stone steps were graded with soil from the excavation of a new basement and addition to the home.
A balance of formal and informal design elements makes the environment welcoming and comfortable, but still special. For example, the hedge and statue are placed on a visual axis while perennials and the curving, degenerated granite path are more organic.
A variety of seating areas have been incorporated to allow entertaining groups of various sizes. A lemonade porch, tree swing, firepit area and stone patio for the harvest table make guests feel welcome.
Annuals, planters and items such as pumpkins are changed out to reflect the season whenever the owners entertain.