I designed and installed this landscape for a client’s front yard in Chicago last month, and really love how the color and height of the Japanese Maple tree we planted compliments the front of the home. We also created a stone path and filled the parkway with Monkey Grass that will continue to grow and fill the space more each year. The shrubs on the side of the home are Variegated Dogwoods, which produce beautiful white blooms in the spring and have bright red branches in the winter which look beautiful against the snow. With this variety of flowers, shrubs and trees, this home will be surrounded by 4 seasons of beauty for years to come.
In case you missed our post yesterday, we are now offering custom-built cedar raised beds, which are great for vegetable gardens or setting aside a space for a garden when you don’t have a lot of room.
Last month, we stained a rooftop deck and filled containers for a client in the Lakeside neighborhood of Chicago. Among these containers, were two cedar planters we had custom built and then filled with four tall Arborvitaes to provide him with natural beauty and some privacy as it is a shared deck. We helped him choose a stain from Benjamin Moore’s solid stain Arborcoat selection and love the finished results! The color really compliments his furniture well, and the tropical flowers in the tall containers add punches of color and beauty to the space, perfect for entertaining or enjoying a night out under the stars.
We filled the tall black planter with white flowers to act as a moon garden while they are enjoying the space at night. The white flowers will have a romantic glowing effect against the night sky.
Have you been itching to start a vegetable garden this summer or have another use for a raised bed in your garden? Contact us for quality, custom built cedar planters at a reasonable cost!
Why use a raised bed?
Raised beds are ideal for small spaces or areas where the soil quality is poor.
In colder climates, it is also easier to work the ground and get the soil ready after the winter. This allows for better drainage and deep rooting, often producing a higher yield in vegetable gardens.
Covering your raised bed with a thick layer of mulch helps keep the moisture in, reducing the need for extra watering and helping your garden to thrive in potential summer droughts.
Why use cedar specifically?
Cedar contains natural oils that prevent rotting and make these raised beds more durable without the use of chemical treatment. It is a more expensive wood but will also last longer than other woods.
Here are some pictures of raised beds built for a client’s landscape in Chicago.