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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Wednesday, 31 August 2016 12:03

Transition Your Porch from Summer to Fall

Warm blankets, candles and subtle fall decor can make your veranda a cozy place to be as the seasons change says Laura Gaskill, a Houzz Contributor. Gaskill continues, as the air turns crisp and the leaves change from green to amber, red and gold, you may find yourself wanting to linger a little longer on the porch and savor that glowing autumn light. From clusters of candles to cozy wool blankets, here are eight ways to help create a comfortable, welcoming porch that says, “Fall is here.” Click here to read and see photo's: http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/70796634?utm_source=Houzz&utm_campaign=u3651&utm_medium=email&utm_content=gallery12

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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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