Tuesday, 09 August 2016 13:56

Unique and Distinctive Secret Gardens

Unique secret gardens create a sense of discovery in your garden with an unexpected clearing, a shady arbor or a secluded nook says Karen Chapman, a houzz.com contributor.  Chapman continues, it can be a retreat we share with others or use for private contemplation. Whatever the size, purpose or place, the key feature remains the same — it needs to be at least partially hidden from the outside world: a secret garden.
Here are a few ideas to get you started. Many of these projects are possible to complete in a weekend or less: http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/16335162/list/landscape-design-a-secret-garden



Secret Garden with Waterfall and Pond, Sheldon Landscape Lake Geneva, Wisconsin



Distinctive Secret Sitting Area, Sheldon Landscape Lake Geneva, Wisconsin



Secret Garden Path, Sheldon Landscape Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

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Designing a landscape is so much more than just about plants and patios. What do you remember about a special landscape? The maple trees, the bed of petunias, the driveway? It's not the specifics, but the feel of the space that evokes memories. With landscape design the space is multi-dimensional, artistic and sensory. It's not just about what plants go where, it's about all the landscape ideas you have when determining how to landscape your property and the materials and supplies needed.



Landscape Ideas, Lake Geneva Wisconsin, Sheldon Landscape

Our landscape architects look at the site from many views when creating a landscape design. Creating a feeling is what landscape design is all about. One aspect of design that should not be overlooked is the use of structures in the landscape. Unique landscape structures add dimension and interest to any design. A container pot, custom designed pergola, which supports a client's favorite fragrant plant, may be a design focus. Or a pergola that not only protects a family from the afternoon sun, but repeats an architectural element of the home is as important as the plants and hardscapes.


Pergola Ideas, Lake Geneva Wisconsin, Sheldon Landscape

Each design should be unique to the owners, their home, property and desires. By incorporating unique pieces of sculpture (fountains, pots and statues) as well as custom built structures such as gazebos, pergolas and arbors, the design becomes personal. Landscape design is more than just placing plants; garden structures have become an integral element as well, and should be an important part of each project.


Outdoor Dining Room Idea - stone fireplace and raised stone plant beds, bluestone patio floor, pergola with outdoor chandelier - Sheldon Landscape in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin



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Monday, 10 August 2015 11:25

Courtyard Gardens

Courtyard gardens are gardens enclosed by walls, buildings or fences on more than two sides. They have many uses and offer unique design elements for your home and landscape. By incorporating a courtyard garden into the design you can make good use of exterior walls and form a protected space that provides a comfortable seating area. You are also able to establish a unique garden area and create an attractive focal point from both inside the house and from the rest of the landscape.


Courtyard Garden Design using pavers , Sheldon Landscape, Lake Geneva

Additionally, courtyard gardens tie in other garden features such as decorative arbors, pergolas and fences and eliminate the need for grass by including decorative hardscape material and plants. Both formal and informal spaces can be designed and are determined based on the type of layout, symmetry of space, plant materials selected and simplicity of design. A beautiful courtyard garden always enhances the entire garden as it ties in all the architectural aspects of the home.



Courtyard Design using blue stone and crushed blue stone pattern, Sheldon Landscape, Lake Geneva



Courtyard Design using pergola and vines, Sheldon Landscape, Lake Geneva

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A lush and restful garden provides a place for a family to retreat from their busy lives says Emily Hutchinson, a Houzz contributor. When you need a retreat from the hustle and bustle of the outside world, a leafy garden oasis can be the perfect hideaway, read more: http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/50079388/list/garden-designer-chooses-the-timeless-over-the-trendy


Colorful and Green Garden with Pond, Sheldon Landscape, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin



Garden Design, Sheldon Landscape, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin



Lakefront Design, Sheldon Landscape, Lake Geneva

Published in Landscaping
Tuesday, 24 March 2015 12:48

Waiting for the Tulips and Spring Gardens

Midwesterners are tired of the winter – especially with the snow and freezing temperatures.  I know I cannot wait to enjoy the longer spring days and see our tulips and gardens come alive.


Garden Ideas Lake Geneva, Wisconsin Sheldon Landscape Company


To ensure a long-term healthy and beautiful landscape, there are important spring clean-up maintenance steps crews perform in the spring. The most important step is the removal of winter debris, including fall leaves, twigs and winter cover. This includes the pruning of perennials and flowering shrubs. Additionally, perennials in your garden may need to be divided and replanted.


Lake Front Landscape Design, Sheldon Landscape, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

There are necessary applications of broad spectrum, granular spring fertilizers that will provide the plants a readily available source of nutrients throughout the growing season and aid with new plant growth. By seeking lawn care and garden plant bed care now, you will have a summer full of a healthy rich green lawn along with bountiful flowers. It's also time to plant beautiful annual displays and apply mulch or compost to all plant beds to provide an aesthetically pleasing, nutrient filled layer across the landscape.


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Winter is a good time to review what worked and what didn’t in your garden during the previous year, whether it’s the bare spot after the bulbs died back or the vegetables no one ate. Maybe there’s something you loved growing, but it was simply in the wrong spot.

The good thing about this exercise is that you don’t even need to go outside, so any snow still covering your landscape doesn’t matter, says Marianne Lipanovich, a Houzz Contributor. Read more of what Marianne has to share with us: http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/43825694?utm_source=Houzz&utm_campaign=u1034&utm_medium=email&utm_content=gallery17


Garden Design Lake Geneva, Sheldon Landscape

Published in Landscaping
Monday, 02 February 2015 13:51

Your Guide to Growing Rosemary

Rosemary, Rosmarinus officinalis: "The Brain Teaser" , Your Guide to Growing Rosemary
by Gardenista  Amanda Gutterman and courtsey of msn.com lifestyle garden section


For a plant believed to boost memory, rosemary is hardy enough to be forgotten—that is, until there is a Mediterranean dinner to cook, or any occasion that involves roasted lamb, potatoes, or chicken. Otherwise, this low-maintenance herb plays well by itself, no surprise given that it earned its Latin name, “dew of the sea,” by surviving on nothing but water vapor carried on the breeze.

Spending time alone on a Mediterranean crag, rosemary has ample time for contemplation; from Middle Ages apothecaries to modern herbalists, centuries of healers have believed in the herb’s memory-promoting prowess. It was ground into a poultice and chewed—bitter!—and also used, as it is now, to flavor food.

Rosemary rituals: it was thrown into graves so mourners would remember the dead, and handed to newlywed couples so they would, er, remember they were married. Appropriately, Ophelia grips a sprig at the end of Hamlet, symbolising the forgotten promise of marriage.

Cheat sheet:
Rosemary transitions easily from indoors to out and grows as happily in containers as in the ground.
Marries well in a windowsill garden with lemon balm, parsley, and mint.
Tiny blue flowers summon bees to an herb garden.

Keep it alive:
Give rosemary full sun.
Drought resistant; water occasionally if you keep it potted indoors.
Plant seeds outdoors in early spring, two months before the last frost date.

Rosemary seedlings can be set in a cold frame in small pots (with 2.5- to 5-inch diameters).

Shakespeare never answered our most salient question: what kind of rosemary was it between Ophelia’s chilly fingers? The Tuscan Blue, favored for its gentle flavour and small blue flowers, or the long-leafed Gorizia, ideal for drying and pestos? In winter, it would most likely be the Rosemary Arp, which perseveres in colder climes, but our guess is the creeping Rosemary Prostrate, the most aromatic variety and the most romantic, cascading over the edge of walls and the lip of hanging pots.

Courtesy of Gardenista and msn.com:



Published in Landscaping
Tuesday, 20 January 2015 11:17

15 Ideas to Try in Your Garden This Year

With the days growing longer and spring edging nearer, it’s a nice time to think about any changes you may want to make — big or small, ecological or just for fun. Winter is far from over in many regions, so while you’re still cozy inside, says Annie Thornton, a Houzz Editorial Staff writer.  Annie continues and shares 15 ideas from the most liked gardening ideabooks of 2014. It was definitely the year of edibles and gardening for wildlife - bees and butterflies, but then there was greywater and how to get the flower bed just right. Read on to see what excited people about gardening: 

http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/35132156/list/15-ideas-for-your-garden-this-year  Click the link after each caption for the full story.


Landscape Design and Garden Ideas, Sheldon Landscape, Lake Geneva

Published in Landscaping
Friday, 14 November 2014 09:07

Dream Spaces: A Secret Garden of Your Own

We can indulge in our own secret gardenscape.  Kate McKee, a Houzz contributor, says with a little imagination you can.  Read and see more:


Garden Design Ideas, Lake Geneva, WI., Sheldon Landscape


Secret Garden, Barrington, IL., Schmechtig Landscapes.  Sheldon Landscape is part of the Schmechtig Landscapes family of companies.


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Roll with the cooler weather by planting away.  Annie Thornton, a Houzz Editorial Staff, shares gardening guides to inform you what plant picks are best for each U.S. region. Read More: 


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