Category Archives: Landscape Trends

Landscape Trends – Native Plants

Written on July 19, 2016 at 4:19 pm, by

There has been a lot of hubbub about using native plants in the landscape instead of horticulturally introduced selections (exotics). For the most part I do not subscribe to this philosophy. Because there are few native soils left I do not embrace the “natives or nothing” philosophy that some landscape architects and landscape designers espouse.  Continue Reading »

Landscape Design – Urban Frenzy

Written on July 19, 2016 at 4:08 pm, by

  Daniel Kiley frequently referenced “poetry of space” and “appropriateness” of the landscape in the context of its surroundings.   This 1940’s ranch in the Peterson Park neighborhood of Chicago represents those two basic tenets of his design process in relating the landscape back to the home, the client and the extended landscape of the neighborhood.  Continue Reading »

Landscape Trends for Chicago in 2016

Written on June 18, 2016 at 2:22 pm, by

Every field of endeavor, whether it’s engineering, cell technology or even landscaping, has a set of current trends.   While our pace of evolution might not be as swift, landscape design styles and landscape element change as well whether it’s a backyard in Chicago, Naperville or Frankfort. What’s hot right now in the residential landscape?  Continue Reading »

French Country Landscape

Written on May 23, 2016 at 7:11 pm, by

“Is it French yet?”  The client smilingly asked the very big question with a very small inquiry. That question was posed when the landscape was completed on this French Country Manor adaptation designed by local architect, Rick Lukasik.   From the initial consultation the homeowners and the architect clearly stated their desire for a garden that  Continue Reading »

Landscape Design – Let’s Parti

Written on April 13, 2016 at 5:26 pm, by

Let’s have a parti (that’s pronounced partee). In the case of landscape architecture a parti is simply the central concept of the whole. While the landscape plan may have multiple layers and ideas there is one core idea around which the whole design is built. And the parti is specific to that site. For example,  Continue Reading »

French Country Landscape

Written on March 10, 2016 at 11:31 am, by

“Is it French yet?”  The client smilingly asked the very big question with a very small inquiry. That question was posed when the landscape was completed on this French Country Manor adaptation designed by local architect, Rick Lukasik.   From the initial consultation the homeowners and the architect clearly stated their desire for a garden that  Continue Reading »

Sustainable Landscape Design

Written on December 18, 2015 at 4:46 pm, by

The definition of ‘sustainable landscaping’ will probably be changed before this brief blogging is concluded.   Online look-ups provided a bevy of definitions. It is interesting that most industries have a trade organization or professional organization which will host a conference to develop a noble, well-intentioned working definition of sustainable as it pertains to their industry.    Continue Reading »

Landscaping 101: Small Space Gardens

Written on December 8, 2015 at 9:17 am, by

Small Space Landscape Design What we do at K & D with our landscape design is usually applied and installed in suburban locations but we enjoy a creative stretch in a small scale garden when those opportunities arise. Recently we had the opportunity to design for a Peterson Park (Chicago) residence.  Our staff responded with  Continue Reading »

Landscaping Design Ideas – The Character of Plants

Written on November 13, 2015 at 4:44 am, by

The proverbial “big picture” may include an outdoor kitchen, a fire pit, seat walls and even a pergola.  But when the landscape design is complete there is probably thoughtful planting design in there somewhere. What makes for effective planting design as part of the landscape design process?  Planting design that provides a wow factor comes  Continue Reading »

Landscape Design Ideas – Planting Levels

Written on November 3, 2015 at 4:41 am, by

  Landscape design is accomplished and structured on three planes: The canopy which is from 15’ and above. The understory which is from 6’ to 15’ The ground plane which is 6’ and below. Most thoughtful and successful landscape designs are functioning at all three levels. The canopy is comprised of shade trees such as  Continue Reading »