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Now that spring has arrived, it’s a great time to get a new landscape designed and planted.  With cooler than average spring temperatures, new plantings require much less watering and nursery stock is abundant.

Whether it’s a small city garden or a sprawling suburban landscape, Watercolour Gardens will work closely with you to create a design suited to your lifestyle and needs.  The first consult is free and any budget can be accommodated, with the expertise of an Oxford trained designer.  We offer various levels of service, from lush perennial paintings to complete hardscaping projects, using the best of materials to create a lasting environment.  We offer a full service solution, from concept to completion.

Please visit Watercolour Gardens online or contact us at 1.847.380.2699

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July has turned out to be a fantastic month for planting a new garden. We’re having plenty of daytime sunshine and rain in the late night hours. There’s still a fantastic supply of plant material in the Chicago area nurseries and there will be until the end of September. Now is a great time to have a landscape planned and implemented. Although consistent watering is essential to keep any new planting vibrant and healthy this time of year.

Watercolour Gardens creates gardens on Chicago’s North Shore and throughout the entire city.  We offer a free initial consultation and work with many types of properties and budgets.  Having been educated at Oxford in a progressive manner of designing gardens, Jason Hartong can use his design philosophy and adapt to either a contemporary or traditional spaces.  Reflecting the character and style of the home in the landscape is essential to creating a lasting, pleasing impression.

Watercolour Gardens can be contacted at 847.380.2699 or visit www.watercolourgardens.com for more details.  We look forward to serving you.

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This is a project that was designed a couple of years ago.  I’m amazed at how far along the plantings have filled in during year two.  I’m currently working on several similar types of homes in Chicago and several on the North Shore.  It’s been a busy landscape design season, but here are some examples of the type of projects I’ve taken on this year.

If you would like a beautiful landscape designed and planted this summer, contact Watercolour Gardens at 1.847.380.2699 or visit our website for more details.

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Planted containers and decorative urns add scale and visual points of interest to a landscape. Some gardens confined to tight boundaries, might consist of only container plants. The plants residing inside a container can be upright, structural or soft and colourful.  It’s just a matter of setting and how much visual attention you want them to attract.

Recently, cubed planters in a range of materials, from zinc to polished concrete have grown in popularity. So have monochromatic textural plants. Shades of green foliage and shrubbery have become a dominant trend in upscale container planting.

Many garden trends start with London’s annual Chelsea Flower Show.  Zinc containers  became big with Chelsea show gardens about five years ago. As a result, they have become a standard for contemporary container flare.  Zinc works well in both contemporary and many traditional landscape settings. Although design trends come and go, metal is here to stay.

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For container garden design, visit Watercolour Gardens.

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Open House on March 22nd and March 29th 2009, 1-3pm. 807 Davis Street Unit 410, Evanston , Illinois 60201. On offer is a 2br. 2bath luxury loft condo, in the heart of downtown Evanston.  Bright eastern views over a rooftop garden terrace.  The unit features many custom upgrades, including Italian designed lighting fixtures.  There is a separate laundry room, two walk-in closets, private balcany, Stainless steal kitchen appliances, hardwood flooring, top of the line bathroom fixtures, private master suite, health club in building, shopping in building and parking.  It’s a spacious 1,600 sf oasis in the middle of everything Evanston has to offer.

For more information, please click here or call 1 847 630 3102.

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As winter begins to release it’s grip, the trees and shrubs start to show signs of new life. Here in the Chicago area, spring starts rather late. This makes it essential to think beyond your perennial beds as a complete landscape. Remember, plants are only part of the visual interest in a garden. It’s important to consider hardscaping, sculpture, pergolas and tasteful outdoor furniture. The idea is to create three season outdoor living space. Fortunately, awareness in the value of adding smart garden space to a home has caught on. Aside from the aesthetic qualities, a properly designed hardscape/landscape can create more usable square footage to a home.

Most homes consist of straight lines. The landscape and hardscape directly around the architecture should reflect the house. The objective is to gracefully link the house with it’s surroundings. A large property can take on curved lines further away from the home. Small urban properties should have lots of straight lines. They save space and reflect the surrounding urban environment. If you follow this basic design philosophy, your garden will take on an aesthetically pleasing shape.

For professional landscape garden design services, visit Watercolour Gardens.

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For ideas, plan a local trip to the world-class Chicago Botanic Garden or jump over the pond to the famous Chelsea Garden Show.

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