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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It's Spring and flowering cherry tree time.  Cherry trees are known for their masses of white and pink spring blossoms. You might be surprised by their distant cousins — as a part of the Prunus tree family, they're related to almonds, apricots, and peaches. See all the photo's: http://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/home-and-garden/11-stunning-photos-of-cherry-blossoms-just-in-time-for-spring/ss-BBqJhTL?ocid=DELLDHP  These beautiful photos are courtesy of House Beautiful and msn.com's home and garden section.

 


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