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HOMES - SUNNY (RESIDENTIAL)

TOURS ON THIS PAGE (Click on the section name to jump to it):

        North Barrington

        North Barrington -- Earlier Views

        Lincolnwood

        Lincolnwood -- Earlier Views

        LaGrange -- Views from Summer 2006

        LaGrange -- Views from 20xx

        Skokie (2006)

        Skokie (2007)



NORTH BARRINGTON -- Views from 2007


This home in North Barrington demonstrates the extensive variety of sunny plants and features we can design and install.


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NORTH BARRINGTON -- Earlier Views



Views of North Barrington from Earlier Years


This is a stone berm. See the gravel path, which appears to curve around to the back. This is illusionary - the path tapers to give the appearance of great depth.

Bird houses on poles add a decorative touch.


Small, circular flagstone retaining walls create terraces recently planted with wildflowers to attract butterflies.


This patio provides a comfortable habitat for people, too!



This curved stepped retaining wall creates a multi-tiered front bed. See the unique and striking obelisk the owners found shopping at antique stores.



LINCOLNWOOD -- Views from 2007




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LINCOLNWOOD -- Earlier Views



A downspout and garden hose with an on-off valve are used to create this rain garden.


The water waters the garden and allows visitors to enjoy a "waterfall effect."


The garden provides the perfect habitat for plants that prefer "wet feet" including this cardinal flower...


...and this swamp milkweed."



LAGRANGE -- Views from Summer 2006



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LAGRANGE -- Views from 20xx



Because this area is located between two houses and watered regularly by a large downspout, it is constantly dark and wet.

Our landscaping ideas included removing the shrubs along the fence to admit more light and replace them them with sun loving plants.

Then we added a stream bed ...


...with two wetland pools - one at each end - planted with Cardinal Flower and Blue Flag Iris.


A path follows the stream.

A large, blue Chinese sitting vase was placed under the linden tree for added interest.


A bench overlooks the top pool, planted with Cardinal Flowers.


Wind chimes, created from pieces of mirror, hang over the lower pool, surrounded by Blue Flag Iris and Thimbleweed.



SKOKIE - 2006



We began by removing a conventional square yew hedge and a large spruce tree that had overgrown the small yard in front of a very conventional Georgian house.


Under Art's direction, Luis, Jose, Tony, and Diego went to work placing the stones to create the terraced effect and constructing the bird bath using pieces from the trunk of the spruce tree.

bird bath close up


A variety of shrubs, flowers, and grasses were placed in this garden. Some of these bloom in the spring and others in the summer. The downspout drains into a buried plastic pipe that is covered with small stones to look like a stream bed. It carries water to create a water feature.

bird bath close up


bird bath close up

bird bath close up


In the back yard, native plants are placed along the garage, with a feature using pots and rocks at one end and an existing fern garden at the other.

In front of the ferns is another birdbath resting on a stump of the spruce tree.

bird bath close up


bird bath close up

bird bath close up


A collection of native shrubs are placed on the shady side of the house.

I had seen Art's beautiful, if unconventional, work in a friend's yard and trusted that he would have a vision of what my little garden could become.

Look back here in a month or two for pictures of how this garden fills in the second year.



SKOKIE (2007)



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