4 Seasons Painting and Landscape Design

From My Garden: Decorative Hanging Planters

decorative container gardens

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 […]

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

Southwestern Landscaping 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. We recently revisited the client to do a small cleanup and took a few pictures of […]

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Front Yard Landscaping in Chicago

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 […]

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More Container Gardens in Chicago

container garden 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 […]

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Container Gardens (Sunny & Shady) in Chicago

Top container garden on Sheridan 017

I was so happy to create these shady and sunny container gardens for a repeat client in Chicago yesterday. (You can see what we did last year here and here.) The variety of color, foliage and blooms was so much fun to work with. Whenever I work on container gardens, I feel like an artist […]

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4 Seasons Recommends: The Hydrangea

Lacecap Hydrangea, Lurveys

Hydrangea from my indoor garden You probably recognize this type of non-hardy hydrangea from all of the garden stores and home centers. It’s a common indoor plant, especially around Mother’s Day. I love the hydrangea for more than just its blooming beauty though. This plant comes in a wide variety (many of which are suitable for […]

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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 […]

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DIY: Build Your Own Raised Beds

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This year, I am embarking on another new adventure with my church’s new vegetable garden ministry! We aim to grow fruits and vegetables in our backyard to donate to local food banks and/or local needy families in the area. We are just getting started, but I am already learning a lot. Since we found out that […]

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4 Seasons Recommends: The Viburnum

Arrowwood Viburnum, full, Lurveys

[Photos courtesy of Lurveys.com] The Viburnum is a choice shrub for almost any garden. It comes in many varieties, but all grow well in partial shade to full sun and most produce beautiful, fragrant flowers in the spring. [Photos courtesy of Lurveys.com] The Blue Muffin, or Arrowwood, Viburnum grows well in shaded areas or full […]

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Recycled Painting Project: Repainting and Stenciling an Old Dresser

dresser finished

Every now and then, I like to give my creative muscle a little extra workout in designing or refinishing furniture, testing out new techniques or trying out different tools/products.  (Check out my new dining room chair covers here.)  Recently, we’ve landed upon some of our relatives’ old furniture and I’ve been dying to try something new with […]

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