Nearby landscapes and wild habitats can inspire your garden design and help welcome even more wildlife says Benjamin Vogt, a Houzz Contributor.  Vogt continues, we all want to help wildlife and see it thrive in our gardens. Providing native plants that pollinators know and have evolved with is critical, as is matching the right plants to the site conditions. But it’s not just plant selection we should think about when encouraging wildlife. We should also think about what habitats they use. In particular, we should notice what wild and human-made landscapes occur around our homes, and how we can strengthen, extend or replicate those landscapes in our gardens to encourage more wildlife like birds, frogs and beneficial insects to visit.  Here are 4 areas to consider:
1. Extend a tree line.
2. Augment or build a hedgerow.
3. Connect to a meadow or prairie.
4. Miniaturize a pond or wetland.

Read and see more of Benjamin Vogt ideas here: https://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/80931446/list/for-garden-design-inspiration-look-beyond-the-fence-line

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Sheldon Landscape, Lake Geneva

 

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Sheldon Landscape, Lake Geneva

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Paths, whether stretching from street to door or winding through gardens, have always intrigued me, says Jay Sifford, a Houzz Contributor. Sifford continues, perhaps it’s because their lines lead the eye and there are so many great design and material options for them, yet they often are so unimaginatively designed. Paths can and should tell a story, elicit emotion, promote exploration and make a meaningful connection with land and architecture. How do yours measure up? Jay Sifford, guides us through materials and placement choices that will take your pathways from ordinary to extraordinary: http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/54496337/list/how-to-design-garden-paths-that-bring-a-landscape-to-life

 

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Garden Path Landscape Design Ideas from Sheldon Landscape, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

 

 

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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

 

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

 

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Distinctive Secret Sitting Area, Sheldon Landscape Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

 

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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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Tuesday, 25 August 2015 09:51

How to Design a Colorful Flower Bed

Delight the eye through 3 seasons with bright flowers placed just right and right now, late summer is a good time to plan, says Marianne Lipanovich, a Houzz Contributor.  Lipanovich continues; a flower bed filled with masses of color to grab your attention, blooming from spring through fall — what could be better in any garden? If what you want is a flower bed filled with masses of the same plant, such as a bed of impatiens or roses, it’s easy to get it right. But if you hope to have a judicious mix of colors and shapes and flowers that will fill the space throughout the growing season, you’ll need to take some time to plan ahead and follow some basic design guidelines. The latter part of the summer is a good time to look at your flowering beds and borders and see what is and isn’t working, especially as the plants mature, and think about the changes you might want to make. You also still have some time to tweak what’s there, adding in some late-summer and fall-blooming annuals and perennials. You can also search nurseries and garden centers for perennials to plant this fall to give them a head start for next year.   Schmechtig couldn't agree more with all of Lipanovich comments above. Read and see more: http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/27407750/list/how-to-design-a-colorful-flower-bed


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Colorful flower beds in a Sheldon Landscape Lake Geneva sloping landscape design. 

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Tuesday, 11 August 2015 11:25

Turn Your Side Yard into a Room

 

With just 8 feet or so, you can turn a plain side yard into a garden that lets you get carried away.

I am sharing a section of this blog entry written by Debra Prinzing, a Houzz Contributor. Debra Prinzing is a Seattle and Los Angeles based outdoor living expert who writes and lectures on gardens and home design.  She featured our tic-tac-toe design for a side garden.

Read the entire article with photo's at: http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/2917476/list/How-to-Turn-a-Side-Yard-Into-a-Glorious-Garden-Room

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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.

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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.

 

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

 

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

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Tuesday, 21 July 2015 09:54

Stylish Garden Planters for Any Yard

Here are 15 stylish planter ideas for any yard: http://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/other/15-stylish-garden-planters-to-suit-any-yard/ss-AAd1FXu?ocid=DELLDHP

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Garden Container Plant Ideas, Sheldon Landscape, Lake Geneva

 

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Garden Planter Ideas, Sheldon Landscape, Lake Geneva

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Friday, 05 June 2015 12:55

20 Ideas for Easygoing Summer Parties

Do you want more time to enjoy the fun?  Laura Gaskill, a Houzz Contributor says who wants to sweat over planning a summer soiree? Make things easier on yourself by hosting outdoors instead of in, getting guests to pitch in and embracing low-key, budget-friendly decor. From DIY flowers and quick extra tables to a beachy outdoor bar, these 20 ideas will make your party planning easier.  See Gaskill's ideas: http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/27317567/list/20-ideas-for-easygoing-summer-parties

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Do you love Roses and have always wanted a Rose Garden?  Here are 11 tips even a casual gardener can implement to grow beautiful roses:

http://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/garden/11-essential-tips-for-creating-a-rose-garden/ar-BBjPnNU?ocid=DELLDHP

 

Provided by House Beautiful and msn.com  

 

 

 

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