Category Archives: Gardens

Front Yard Landscape Design – Low Profile Planting

Written on June 18, 2016 at 3:10 pm, by

Interpreting a site, a home and the specific client needs is always a juggling act.   There is an endless supply of information and stimuli to make each landscape situation unique.  But whether the landscape design is in Frankfort, Naperville or Lincoln Park there is one design principle for front landscaping that does indeed apply  Continue Reading »

Landscape Design – Using Color

Written on June 18, 2016 at 2:58 pm, by

There are multitudes of ways to effectively integrate color into a residential landscape design.    It can done by mixing a wide variety of colors so that each color is no less or no more important than the other.   Or color can be arranged so that one color dominates all others by its presence.  Continue Reading »

Landscape Design – Companion Plants

Written on May 23, 2016 at 7:50 pm, by

When I sit at someone’s kitchen table during an initial consultation the possibility exists that they will give me a list of their favorite plants for their landscape design.   Whenever I hear Spriaea or roses mentioned I mentally cringe just a bit because they are overused and deep down I think they fundamentally not  Continue Reading »

Landscaping – Shade Gardens

Written on December 1, 2015 at 4:16 pm, by

Below is a brief bullet pointing of pros and cons when developing landscape designs for shade gardens. Positives: Many people find landscape design for shade gardens a daunting task.  However, given the choice between full sun and full shade I prefer full shade.  The plant palette may be reduced but it is rich with opportunity  Continue Reading »