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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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On May 21st & 22nd, Central Street will host its annual garden fair. Located at Independence Park, just west of Green Bay Road on Central Street.  The hours will be from, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

There will be a huge selection of high quality perennials, annuals and garden ornamentation for your choosing.  Garden experts and enthusiasts will be on hand to answer your garden questions.

The event is associated with The Lincolnwood Garden Club of Evanston. Founded in 1929.

For details on garden design, visit Watercolour Gardens.

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On Sunday, May 9th, 2010, the Evanston History Center will present, The 35th Annual Mother’s Day Housewalk. The tour will begin at 12pm and run through the day, ending at 5pm. There will be several historically significant public and private properties to explore.  The weather forecast as of May 5th, shows for a sunny Sunday, with highs in the 50s.  Perfect walking weather.  For more details, call 847 475 3410.  You can also get a more extensive description of the event by visiting, The Evanston History Center.  Enjoy.

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We all know the value of home improvement, but many homeowners overlook one of the most important factors in a homes worth. Landscaping can add significant value to a property. Start with a design that uses logic, to create usable outdoor space. Features are really important in landscape. Ponds, outdoor rooms, sculpture, fountains, terraces, distinctive trees, creative planting and tasteful paving are all important. Quality is a must. Skimping on detail and using cheap materials can actually detract from a homes value. Budget is important to focus on while in the planning stages and not when a project is already underway. It’s not cheap to have a designer landscape but neither is the cost of owning a home. So why not pay for it, enjoy it and see it as a worthy investment.

According to The Boston Globe, just having a landscape can add 12.7% to your property value. A sophisticated and functional garden can tack on 42% more to your home’s value.

Money growing in your garden

Mature plants, spacious patios, and other outdoor features can all add value to your property.

By Elizabeth Gehrman

“Show me your garden . . . and I will tell you what you are like,” wrote the English poet Alfred Austin in 1905. Today, the words might more aptly be “Show me your garden and I will tell you you’ll get more money for your house.” Up to 12.7 percent more, to be exact, according to a 2007 paper by Virginia Tech horticulturalist Alex Niemiera that brought together research from the previous decade. The factor that added most to a home’s value – up to 42 percent – was design sophistication. For more…..

Contact Watercolour Gardens for landscapes designed by an Oxford trained designer. Tel. 847 380 2699.

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Many city dwellers look at their 10×10 square patch of lawn with a sense of disappointment. In cities like Chicago, it’s a common sight from back door to garage. Dull as white plastic patio chairs.

A lot of magic can happen in the smallest of urban plots. It just takes a little imagination and purposeful planning. It’s important to think of your yard as an outdoor living room. It could be creatively paved, have a teak table with an umbrella and lounge chairs. Along with furnishings, it could have a container garden or raised beds of textured architectural foliage. The purpose is to maximize space that can serve many functions. It could be a relaxing urban oasis. An inviting room to enjoy a warm summer evening with friends. There are endless options.

A garden designer can help you plan and build it.

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