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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
We transformed this rooftop patio into a beautiful retreat from the urban surroundings of Chicago. After installing custom planter benches along the border, we filled them with a variety of shrubs, trees and evergreens. The center of the deck is a luscious garden with different grass varieties, more evergreens, succulents, and some hardscaping with colorful and interesting rocks. We were even able to create a small water feature in the center of the space. Overall, we are quite proud of the peaceful retreat we were able to create for this client. Please leave any questions or comments below and we’ll be happy to answer them.
The rooftop deck before we started working:
The water feature:
Hardscaping with stones:
Planter bench with evergreens:
We helped design and create the perfect entertaining space on the rooftop patio for this client. The pops of color, variety of planters and containers, different levels and diversity of plants and flowers create a warm, welcoming and vibrant space that practically screams, “Summer BBQ!” Contact us if you’re interested in jazzing up your rooftop for entertaining or creating a peaceful getaway.