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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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According to The Wall Street Journal, Evanston made their list as one of the most walkable small cities in the US.  Evanston has always been known for it’s fantastic footpaths and exceptional lakefront.  It’s also very easy to get from one end of town to the other by foot, while enjoying the historic architecture and leafy mature trees.  Evanston also has fantastic bike paths and bike lanes, which can take you across town, linking up to various paths in Chicago.  The Fall colour has yet to peak in Evanston, but it’s on the way.  Another reason to take an invigorating long Autumn walk.

To read more from The Wall Street Journal.  Click here.

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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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Now that the ground has thawed, it’s a great time to start planting shrubs & trees. The roots tend to take well in the cool wet conditions. Spring is a short season in Chicago, so the sooner the better. Less water is required than in summer planting, in turn costing a homeowner less to start a new landscape.

Regardless of when anything is planted, mulch is essential. Mulch helps to retain moisture in the soil and discourages weeds from growing. Make sure to use a natural dark mulch like, shredded hardwood.  It looks great and improves the soil as it breaks down.  For more about landscaping ideas, visit Watercolour Gardens.

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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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The 2010 Chicago Flower & Garden Show will take place at Navy Pier from March 6th to 14th, 2010. Monday-Saturday: 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. & Sunday: 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Check the official site for admission and parking details.

For further questions, call 773.868.3010 or email: flowershow@chicagoevents.com

The official event site, www.chicagoflower.com

Watercolour Gardens | Chicago’s Premier Garden Design Service.

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The days are getting longer and warmer. Here on Chicago’s North Shore, spring happens quickly and is a short season crunched between Arctic Winters and Sahara Summers. It’s one of the best times of year to get cracking with implementing plans for your outdoor living space. Contractors love doing the heavy hardscaping, terraces and garden structures in the cool spring weather.

For a successful outdoor living space, also known as a garden, it’s best to consult a trained Landscape Garden Designer. There’s a lot more to landscape than just throwing in a few trees and shrubs. When designed properly, a garden should reflect the style, geometry and scale of the property. The “outdoor living room” when successfully designed, will extend the function and comfort of your indoor space.

Watercolour Gardens offers several levels of service in the design and build process. We arrange sketch plans, planting plans and construction specifications for a complete design service. We work to meet your budget requirements, while creating beautiful gardens that suit your lifestyle. Visit our site for a complete list of services and portfolio.

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