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, 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.

 

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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. 

 

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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.

Published in Landscaping
Tuesday, 28 July 2015 09:35

Fragrance in the Garden

Most gardens are planned for visual appeal, but using scent as a guideline further enhances the outdoor experience.  There are trees, shrubs, vines, perennials and annuals that provide unique scents to enjoy throughout the season. Smell and memory are closely linked.

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Sheldon Landscape, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin


A particular smell can transport you back to a moment, place or relationship. What better way to remember a wonderful moment than replicating that scent in your own garden. We find some of the most common requests for plants with scent include Lilacs, Roses and assorted climbing vines. But the inventory goes far beyond this short list. There are many other shrubs that offer sweet scents throughout their growing period. Also, the list of perennials and annuals that provide scent is extensive. Gardin Guides website: http://www.gardenguides.com/ and Better Homes and Garden's website: http://www.bhg.com/gardening/design/styles/fragrant-plant-favorites/  are just two sites that provide lists of fragrant plants to add a whole new level of enjoyment taking your garden beyond its visual beauty. 

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Sheldon Landscape, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

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Very often the front yard is landscaped with the common-place monotone foundation shrubs, which have been sheared into every geometric shape imaginable and provide little in terms of multi-seasonal interest.  When a you start the design process of landscaping your home, approach the front yard as the "first impression" that a guest coming to your home would experience.

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Front Entrance Lake Geneva Landscape Design Ideas, Sheldon Landscape

 

Work to screen out undesirable views while framing the desirable ones.  Use large trees to anchor the corners of the house and help transition the lines of the house into the landscape.  Plants should be used to layer, informally or formally, depending on the style of architecture to accentuate the features of your home.  The entry walk should be designed to be very welcoming, with an inviting width in the paving and big impact flowering beds to catch the eye. 

 

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Front Entrance Design North Shore Chicago, Schmechtig Landscapes - Sheldon Landscape is part of the Schmechtig Landscape Family of Companies 

As one proceeds up your walk, consider including an "outdoor foyer space", which can be accented with a decorative bench or a collection of multi-sized ornamental pots for additional color.  Your front yard is not just meant to be viewed in passing, but provide a comfortable place to sit and be enjoyed.

Published in Landscaping
Monday, 20 April 2015 10:13

11 Inspiring Garden Ideas For Your Home

So take a break from your usual routine and have a peek at these green hideaways and retreats that are perfect for rediscovering your creativity. Luisa Rollenhagen, a Houzz contibutor wants to know which one inspires you most? Read more:

http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/44475459/list/11-garden-retreats-for-the-creatively-inclined

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Lake Geneva Gardens, Sheldon Landscape

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Garden Design, Sheldon Landscape Lake Geneva

 

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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.

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Landscape Design and Garden Ideas, Sheldon Landscape, Lake Geneva

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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: 

http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/16705723?utm_source=Houzz&utm_campaign=u632&utm_medium=email&utm_content=gallery14

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Your landscape is much like your home’s interior décor. It grows old, sometimes tattered and torn, and needs updating from time to time. Sometimes, plantings need to be torn out and replaced. Sometimes, old porches, patios and decks just don’t work any longer.  Here are some tips from Kathy Van Mullekom of the Daily Press: http://www.timesdispatch.com/entertainment-life/home-garden/landscapes-need-renovating-just-like-homes/article_01bd5a63-d6f9-592a-8610-fbefbebb02d0.html

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Lake Geneva Lakefront Landscape Renovation Ideas, Sheldon Landscape Project

 

Published in Landscaping
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 10:46

Simple Pleasures: Savor Summer’s Last Hurrah

Don't let the rest of the summer slip away.  Choose from 3 easy celebrations to close summer out in a soul-satisfying way from Laura Gaskill, a Houzz contributor. Hosting a gathering to mark the end of the season is a wonderful opportunity to slow down and savor the present moment. Choose the fete that means the most to you: a harvest party to celebrate local food, a postbeach party to savor the seaside or a best-of-summer party to look back over your travels with family and friends. Here you’ll find ideas to create each of these three fun, end-of-summer gatherings. Read more: http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/30327024?utm_source=Houzz&utm_campaign=u609&utm_medium=email&utm_content=gallery11

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Pool Ideas, Sheldon Landscape

 

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