These low-maintenance plants can add beauty, texture and privacy to any size garden.  Water-wise, low-maintenance and available in an impressive range of colors and heights, ornamental grasses have a lot to offer in the landscape, says Laura Gaskill, a Houzz Contributor, and we agree. Gaskill continues, it is critical to…

Hot Outside, Design a Landscape for Cooling

Wednesday, 10 August 2016 09:35
Summer is a good time to plan for a yard that will bring temperatures down, says Falon Mihalic, a houzz.com contributor, and we agree.  Mihalic continues, The dog days of summer are upon us. With intense sunlight streaming over our gardens, we’re reminded of just how brutal August can be…
A wonderful addition to a backyard retreat is the outdoor kitchen. Homeowners are thinking about the entertaining value of their landscaping instead of only the visual value. This element enables the family to spend meal time outside and eating together.   Schmechtig Landscapes Winnetka, Illinois Outdoor Kitchen Patio Project  …
This long-blooming eastern North American native shrub finds a home in landscapes around the world, says Curtis Adams, a Houzz Contributor.  Adams continues, wild hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens) and its cultivars are landscape staples that grace gardens across the U.S. and around the world. With their mounding habits and long-lasting flowers,…

Your August Home To Do Checklist

Tuesday, 02 August 2016 10:24
As summer wraps up take these steps to get your home and family organized for fall says  Laura Gaskill, a Houzz contributor.  Gaskill continues, with the transition from summer travels to the beginning of a new school year (and maybe some back-to-work blues), August can feel like a sudden downshift…
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