Monday, 06 March 2017 10:13

Driveways With Curb Appeal

Get creative with plantable pavers, stone slabs, geometric concrete patterns and less traditional paving materials, says Lauren Dunec Hoang, a Houzz Contributor & landscape designer.  Hoang continues, driveways can take up a lot of front yard real estate but are rarely given as much thought as other areas of the garden. Instead of seeing the area as simply a track for cars, look at the driveway as an opportunity to increase curb appeal and set the tone for your front yard. Here are nine examples of driveway materials and placement that go beyond the usual pavers, cobbles and gravel to complement different styles of front yards. See them here:

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Cooler evenings are approaching and thoughts of fire pits come to mind.  If you are thinking about installing one, decide what type you want - wood, gas, ecosmart and will this be a built in or one that you can move around your property or take with you if you move.  Here are 6 Fire Pits to inspire from's lifestyles home and garden section:



Fire Pit Ideas, Sheldon Landscape, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

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Black cherry (Prunus serotina) is a common deciduous tree in Midwestern and Eastern forests, but it’s unusual, says Heather Holm, a Houzz Contributor.
Holm's continued, most of the deciduous trees in these North American woodlands are wind-pollinated, producing separate male and female flowers before the leaves emerge in early spring. Black cherry trees, however, flower in late spring after the leaves have emerged, producing showy white flower racemes that attract a number of native bees. The resulting fruit, maturing from red to dark blue, is sought after by berry-eating birds, including waxwings and American robins.  Black cherry can be used as a stand-alone shade tree in medium, well-drained soil, or incorporated into a naturalized planting along the edge of a woodland. The interesting scaly bark, showy white flowers and vibrant fall foliage color make this an attractive tree to use in both traditional and naturalized landscapes.  Read and see more:


Courtesy of and Heather Holm

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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:



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



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Monday, 08 August 2016 15:12

11 Ways Landscaping Can Save You Money

Thoughtful evaluation can yield valuable insights that will help you both beautify your garden and stretch your household budget as you approach the fall planting season. Try some of these 11 landscaping modifications that can beef up your bottom line:

Courtesy of home and garden section, Debra Immergut and Bob



Trees in your Landscape Design Saves on your Energy Bills, Lake Geneva Landscape Design and Build Company - Sheldon Landscape

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Don’t let summer’s heat go to your head. These U.S. gardening guides will help you make sensible choices for all of your plantings, says Annie Thornton, a Houzz Editorial Staff Member.  Thorton continues, there is much to be done and enjoyed in the August garden. Butterflies abound, while the magenta, burgundy and orange hues of late-summer bloomers foreshadow fall colors. Give your containers and summer edibles some love by keeping them appropriately watered and fed. Deadhead spent summer flowers for repeat blooms — or let them set seed to provide food and habitat for wildlife through the coming months. As you go, take stock of what you see in the yard, preparing for fall planting. Here’s what to do in U.S. gardens in August:



Lake Geneva Lakefront Landscape Design and Build Project, Sheldon Landscape

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Amp up the charm, comfort and personality of your outdoor space with drapery, lighting and more says Karen Egly-Thompson, a Houzz Contributor. Thompson asks, Is your outdoor space more drab than fab but you don’t have the inclination (or budget) for a big makeover? Whether your space is big or small, Thompson shares eight easy-on-the-wallet ways to make it more alluring and comfortable:

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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:


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

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Tuesday, 18 August 2015 10:38

Creating Privacy in Your Landscape

Have you ever felt like you can see more of your neighbor's house or their belongings than you would like or you wish your yard was more private? Well, you're not alone. Privacy screening is one of the most sought after landscaping elements. Through the use of plantings, non-transparent fences or
walls, unsightly neighboring items can be selectively hidden. In addition the use of screening materials creates a private, intimate space for your family to enjoy. Another use of these screening materials is to provide the perfect background for unique foreground plants.



Fence, raised stone wall, plantings and hanging plants provide another use of privacy screening materials to provide the perfect background, Sheldon Landscape Company Lake Geneva


A combination of at least two types of screens usually works best for both functionality and aesthetics. Since fence heights are most often limited to four to six feet high by the local municipality, the addition of taller trees can not only help screen the views above the fence, but also help soften it. Consideration should be given if year-round privacy is desired. 



Evergreen Trees on both sides of property line create privacy in this Lake Geneva Landscape by Sheldon Landscape Company


If it is important to have screening in the winter, evergreens should be used instead of deciduous plants which drop their leaves in the fall. As always, with good design, all things must be taken into consideration.  It is important not to just create a solid wall that may look out of place, but rather to integrate it into the overall landscape scheme to provide balance and harmony.

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25 no-bake desserts with 3 ingredients to please everyone, including the chef. 

Here's one for white chocolate lovers with cream and raspberries. That's all it takes to make this delicious desserts!

View all 25 recipes here:


White Chocolate and Raspberry Verrines 
Melt 1 cup of white chocolate, add 1/2 cup heavy cream, then mix well.

Once cooled, spoon the mixture into a glass, top with fresh raspberries, then more cream, then more raspberries.

Layer until you reach the top and serve cold.

Decorate with a few fresh blueberries if you have them on hand.

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