Rooftop Deck & Containers in Chicago

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.

rooftop deck after

rooftop deck after

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.

rooftop deck after

Custom Cedar Raised Beds

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.

[Source: http://www.growveg.com/growblogpost.aspx?id=173]

Here are some pictures of raised beds built for a client’s landscape in Chicago.

custom cedar raised beds

custom cedar raised beds

custom cedar raised beds

Enjoy Warm Summer Nights with a Moon Garden

As we approach summer, I love to daydream about warm summer nights outside on the patio, gazing up at the stars.  Some of my most peaceful and calming times have been outdoors enjoying nature in all its glory.

Question: What is the perfect compliment to a quiet evening in the backyard?
Answer: A moon garden!

What is a moon garden?

A moon garden is a garden composed of white flowering plants that creates a “glowing” effect once the sun goes down.

Where can you put a moon garden?

Anywhere.  Moon gardens are very versatile in nature and can be designed to accommodate almost any space in your landscape as well as under a wide variety of sunlight and soil conditions.

What do you need for a moon garden?

A space – any size – in your landscape, a variety of white-blooming plants that are appropriate for your garden’s sunlight and soil conditions.  Call 4 Seasons to schedule a free estimate.  We would love to find the perfect plants for your space!

 [Photos courtesy of Lurveys Plant Finder]

Save the Monarchs with a Butterfly-friendly Garden!

MonarchFor a while now, the population of monarchs has been rapidly decreasing as farmers spray pesticides to get rid of weeds, including all types of butterfly weed – the host plant of choice for many butterflies, especially monarchs.

As you begin to plan your garden or landscape, 4 Seasons would like to encourage you to consider planting some of these “weeds” to help conserve these beautiful creatures. As you can see in the pictures below, these plants will not only add gorgeous color to your yard but will attract beautiful butterflies to your space.

Earth conservation is a definite passion of mine and I would be happy to provide a free estimate to anyone who desires to install one or a few of these plants to their garden. Placement and proper installation are key to ensure they grow well and thrive. All garden installations come with care instructions for each plant, shrub and tree as well.

If you would like to help with this initiative even further, visit Make Way for Monarchs.  They have detailed information on legislation affecting the monarchs as well as other events and things you can do to help save these exquisite critters from extinction.

[Photos courtesy of Lurvey’s Plant Finder]

Painting: Fireplace Stencil & Winter Container

We painted this fireplace stencil for a client this past winter to add a splash of color and interest to her already beautiful room. It’s amazing what a little color and effort can do to enhance a room or make a feature, such as a fireplace, stand out. Take a look at the before and after pictures of this job – the pictures speak for themselves!

fireplace stencile before

fireplace stencil before

fireplace stencil

fireplace stencil

fireplace stencil

fireplace stencil

We also planted a small winter container for this client’s porch. It is a simple but beautiful way to bring a festive look to your home in the cold months.

winter container garden

Backyard Deck Containers in Chicago

We provided these Chicago clients with the privacy and color they desired for their backyard deck with a few choice container plants as pictured below.  The evergreens planted in the containers near the grill provide the privacy they desired along with the beauty and aroma of nature.  We also planted a hydrangea and some mums below for added color in the spring, summer and fall.

Empty containers before

backyard deck container garden in chicago

backyard deck container garden in chicago

Filled with container soil

backyard deck container garden in chicago

Hydrangea and mums

backyard deck container garden in chicago

Evergreens for privacy

backyard deck container garden in chicago

backyard deck container garden in chicago

backyard deck container garden in chicago

View from the bottom

backyard deck container garden in chicago

View from the top

backyard deck container garden in chicago

 

Small Backyard Clean-Up & Garden Design in Chicago

We cleaned up this small backyard and then installed a few new plants.  We have a few before pictures, followed by the afters. Make sure to scroll all the way through because it is quite an incredible transformation! We are so pleased with the charming sitting area it has become. Please leave any questions or comments in the section below. Thanks for checking us out!

 

THE BEFORES:

Chicago Small Backyard Garden before

Chicago Small Backyard Garden before

Kris before and afters garden 036 before

Chicago Small Backyard Garden before

THE AFTERS:
Chicago Small Backyard Garden

Chicago Small Backyard Garden

Chicago Small Backyard Garden

Chicago Small Backyard Garden

Chicago Small Backyard Garden

Chicago Small Backyard Garden

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

Small Front Garden in Chicago

We spruced up this corner lot in Chicago by adding quite a few shrubs to what was once a dry and desolate space. Even by adding plants to only this one space of their yard, we were able to make quite a big difference in their home’s curb appeal and overall first impression. An area that was once dry and bare is now full and vibrant with a variety of plants that will bloom and interest throughout the year. With time and care, they will continue to grow and fill the space. As always, please leave any comments or questions below and we will be happy to answer them.

Front Yard before:

Front Yard Garden in Chicago before

And after:

Front Yard Garden in Chicago

Front Yard Garden in Chicago

Front Yard Garden in Chicago

Front Yard Garden in Chicago

Front Yard Garden in Chicago

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