From a Clean-Up to a Revamp to a Small Backyard Garden Install in Chicago

I have been doing garden clean-ups for this client for a few years now so I was excited when she needed a little more done this year.  After having a tree removed from her backyard, she had some space to fill and needed a few other plants moved to a more ideal location for their sunlight requirements.

backyard landscaping in Chicago

I installed a barberry, variegated dogwood, pencil holly and a purple iris to the space below to add little pops of color, texture and year round interest to her backyard.

backyard landscaping in Chicago

Shifting around some of her existing plants will not only help them thrive but also created a sort of woodland space in her backyard, which I love.

backyard landscaping in Chicago

backyard landscaping in Chicago

backyard landscaping in Chicago

backyard landscaping in Chicago

backyard landscaping in Chicago

backyard landscaping in Chicago

 backyard landscaping in Chicago

From My Garden: Decorative Hanging Planters

I just love decorating my backyard with these colorful hanging planters. I use them to decorate my fence with extra pops of color, and have used them for clients to create standout decorative pieces, such as this one using a painted ladder and birdhouses. You can get some of your own on Etsy at Harley’s Painted Garden.

decorative containers

They are great for adding extra pops of color and personality to a space and definitely add a “fun factor” to any garden. I have always been a bit of a carefree spirit and these containers help express that, so I wanted to share them with you. Take a look and let me know what you think!

decorative container gardens

decorative container gardens

decorative container gardens

decorative container gardens

decorative container gardens

decorative container gardens

decorative container gardens

decorative container gardens

One Year Later: Southwestern Style Front Yard Landscaping Design in Des Plaines

Last fall, we worked on a front yard landscaping design for a client in Des Plaines with a little southwestern flair.  We installed a few large flagstones and surrounded them with shrubs that would bring year round interest to the space.

Southwestern Style Front Landscape

Southwestern Style Front Landscape

Southwestern Style Front Landscape

We recently revisited the client to do a small cleanup and took a few pictures of the garden almost one year later.

Southwestern Landscaping in Des Plaines

Southwestern Landscaping in Des Plaines

Southwestern Landscaping in Des Plaines

Southwestern Landscaping in Des Plaines 

The following week, we went back to lay down new mulch and install a few more plants in the front, along the side of the house and near the stairs.

southwestern style garden

southwestern style garden

southwestern style garden

Southwestern Landscaping in Des Plaines

Front Yard Landscaping in Chicago

Last week, we finished landscaping the front yard of a condominium in Chicago.  I worked with the beds they had and was able to complement some of the plants that were already growing in their space with quite a few new additions of my own.  The plants I chose will provide year round interest to their front along with pops of color and different textures.  I was able to create a mirror effect with the plants to complement the mirrored look of the building.  We also filled the front planter boxes with a variety of annuals.  Take a look at the pictures and let me know what you think in the comments below.  I am happy to answer any questions.  Thanks for checking us out!

Front Yard Landscaping in Chicago

Front Yard Landscaping in Chicago

Front Yard Landscaping in Chicago

Front Yard Landscaping in Chicago

Front Yard Landscaping in Chicago

More Container Gardens in Chicago

We had the chance to do a couple more container gardens in Chicago this past week.  One was for a rooftop deck and the other was more window boxes and smaller containers.  I love how container gardens leave room for so much variety, so I wanted to share some of the pictures with you.  I always aim for a variety of colors and textures that will not only grow well in your light conditions, but bloom at different times throughout the spring/summer so that your outdoor space has as much continuous color as possible.

Container garden in Chicago

Container garden in Chicago

Container garden in Chicago

container garden in Chicago

Container garden in Chicago

Give me a call if you’d like help filling your containers!  I can give you a variety of options that will grow well in your conditions, suit your tastes and provide your space with beautiful pops of color.  Check out this blog for more tips on sprucing up your outdoor deck or patio to get it ready for summer BBQs, outdoor entertaining and even just relaxing outside.  I hope you all have a fabulously fun summer!