A child's saucer swing suspends over the open lawn.
The sunken patio has a feeling of privacy and
enclosure while preserving desirable views and
children at play.
When the kids get home from school, get out the
A SENSE OF
A cut-leaf version of our native Staghorn Sumac
grows contentedly with Prairie Dropseed after a
brutally hot summer. In a blistering parking lot.
Natural landscapes are not necessarily
weedy. Savvy gardeners recognize their potential
to be low maintenance and practical. Even novel.
They also make us proud to live on the prairie.
THE ART OF
Avoid the painfully pruned look by letting the
professionals space plants properly. Well planned
landscapes allow ample space for plants to mature.
Besides you have far more important things to do
than spending the weekend with tools.
Small yards with steep grades can be a challenge, to
say the least. There are often multiple ways to solve complex
Let us be your guide.
ORDINARY WITH THE NOVEL
Juniper and Spruce how dull. But sometimes you can
give new life to old plants by using them in new
ways, like playing off foliage colors like yellow
and blue. Or repeating color elements, like yellow
flowers and gold tipped needles. Add one novel plant
like this Clematis tangutica and it gives a whole
new dimension to those tired old plants.
We are always on the look out for something new.
Like this Heptacodium miconioides from China. Say
Seven Son Flower might be easier on the tongue.
Flowers open in the dog days of summer and linger
into September, then the best of the show unfolds
brilliant rose-purple seed capsules that persist
through the fall.
It's hard to imagine the possibilities when you are
faced with mounds of mud and perhaps a view that you
don't much care for. And that's why you call in the
From the owner's front door, this rather
insignificant pathway adds depth to the view, while
tree and shrub placement creates privacy.
Will this path ever be used? Probably only when
mowing. And just to make it easier it is exactly 42
OF THE SENSES
Looks good. Smells good, too.
The fragrance of Lily-of-the-Valley and August Lily
is unmistakable and delicious. Prairie Dropseed and
Garden Sage have fragrant foliage that is most
noticeable when you brush against it.
Your garden is to live in. Not just look at.
USE OF VINES
Vines offer a casual way to soften the corner of a
building. The shallow bed allows for a medley of
flowering plants to edge the foundation, instead of
the often obligatory evergreens, often growing too
large, too soon.
Put away those pruning shears. Relax. Have some
THAT SAYS WELCOME
There's a lot of potential to add personality, with
paving and plants to show the way.
New ideas are easy to come by when you do it
Make all that real estate in front of the garage
work for you, not just for your automobiles.
Driveways can be an attractive approach to your
home, and can even double as seating areas.
Get our designers involved before paving becomes a
We'll show you how to do it right the first time
WAYS TO USE FAMILIAR SPACES
Shapes and patterns can make spaces feel good and
function well. They can even determine furniture
Just takes a little imagination.
A MATTER OF
Clean, crisp lines, an axis, and a focal point
become the basis for symmetry for both a front door
and for a private seating area.
Design sets the mood. And sets the space apart from