Backyard Install in Evanston

Last week, we installed this backyard landscape design for a client in Evanston. We had a large amount of space to fill and tried to use as many shrubs and other plants that provide year round interest as we could. We used a few shrubs that they already had and planted around them, but mostly installed many new shrubs and evergreens, along with perennials to fill in the space. Please leave any questions or comments and we will get back to you! Thanks for checking us out!

Backyard garden in Evanston

Backyard garden in Evanston

Backyard garden in Evanston

Backyard garden in Evanston

Backyard garden in Evanston

Backyard Garden Design in Skokie

We designed this backyard for a client in Skokie a few weeks ago. Mulching out a curved space along the fence, we planted a variety of flowers, shrubs and trees, including some evergreens. We gave them a variety of textures and colors, as well as plants that bloom in different seasons to provide year round interest to the space. With time and care, the space will continue to fill in as the shrubs continue to grow. As always, please feel free to leave any comments or questions in the comments below!

Skokie Backyard Garden

Skokie Backyard Garden

Skokie Backyard Garden

Skokie Backyard Garden

Skokie Backyard Garden

Skokie Backyard Garden

Skokie Backyard Garden

Skokie Backyard Garden

Skokie Backyard Garden

Skokie Backyard Garden

Skokie Backyard Garden

Skokie Backyard Garden

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.

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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

Getting Ready for Summer Entertaining: Spruce Up Your Outdoor Patio

Spring is finally here! That means it’s the perfect time to start thinking about barbecues and summer entertaining outdoors. Here are a few key ways you can spruce up your backyard patio so that you’ll be ready for your first BBQ in no time. I found this helpful article on Houzz (while you’re there, check out my new professional Houzz profile!) that made me reminisce about all of my experiences sprucing up the patios of my own clients through the years. Here are some of the things I learned and some of the beautiful backyard spaces I enjoyed creating for them.

After you’ve given the patio an overall cleaning, swept, removed dead plants and any junk or debris left from last year or the winter, think about the overall look you want to create in your space. Are you fond of a certain color scheme or style? You can use the internet, take a stroll through a garden center, or hire a professional (wink, wink) to help you with the process of choosing plants that will compliment your taste and light conditions well. It is also important to consider the level of care you have time for and are willing to give to your plants.

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Adding container plants to the corners of your space can do a lot to soften the look of your patio while also adding pops of color and beauty to the space. I loved working on this client’s rooftop deck because I was able to add so much color through the variety of plants and different containers. If you need help choosing which plants are best for the light conditions of your yard, don’t hesitate to call and schedule a free estimate!

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Creating a border of container plants can define the edges, soften the look of a fence or even act as a fence alternative. I have created a variety of plant borders through the years for different clients. This client and I were able to choose plants that brought an understated elegance to their space that they (and I) love. I also made this space into a “moon garden” consisting of all white blooming plants that have a glowing effect in the moonlight.

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Vines and trellises are another great way to hide or camouflage a fence. There are many varieties of beautiful vines and climbing flowers that can accomodate shady or sunny spaces. It should be easy to find one that would suit your taste and light conditions.

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In this same rooftop deck I did for a client, we were able to create different spaces with the layout of the containers. It suited their needs and turned out beautifully, if I do say so myself.

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Here’s to another fun summer filled with family, friends and lots of backyard BBQs! I hope these few tips helped you think about how you can get your back patio ready for summer entertaining and maybe even gave you a little inspiration! Don’t forget to leave me any questions or comments below. I appreciate your feedback!