Out client's home is in Hawthorn Woods, Illinois but he felt that there weren't any local landscape designers that were creative enough to design what he was looking for. Thanks to Houzz he found our portfolio and asked us if we'd be willing to work in Illinois. Their farmhouse style home was conducive to the cottage style gardens they were looking for and their goal was lots of color. The curving front walk was in great shape so we kept it intact and designed new plant beds around it. The biggest changes being the removal of some declining trees on the corner as well as the many evergreens that surrounded the foundation of the home. Even though the home was over 20 years old, we had a blank slate in the backyard as our clients had never installed a patio in all the years they had lived there. We chose patterned bluestone and brick for the paving to give the new patio an elegant touch. Our client already had a pergola kit waiting to be installed so we designed the space for it as well as a conversation set and fountain. Plant beds with long blooming perennials, ornamental grasses and flowering shrubs surround the patio space along with boxwood for evergreen color.