Sustainable garden practices teach us that biodiversity, wildlife habitats and native plants are essential for a thriving, healthy environment. Busy pollinators, including bees, hummingbirds and some butterflies and birds, ensure that the natural processes of our landscapes remain in balance. Roll out a welcome mat for pollinators to keep your landscape in balance and thriving.  Annie Thornton, from the Houzz Editorial Staff looks at summer-blooming native plants hailing from coast to coast that will help keep your garden and its unsung heroes singing. Read More: http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/11495784?utm_source=Houzz&utm_campaign=u512&utm_medium=email&utm_content=gallery20

 

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Winnetka, IL., Schmechtig Landscapes

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Thursday, 22 May 2014 16:30

7 Incredible Outdoor Kitchens

Here are 7 incredible outdoor kitchens from House Beautiful to inspire, amaze and innovative your outdoor cooking and entertaining. 

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Outdoor Kitchen, Dinning and Living Room with see through fireplace, HGTV Project, Schmechtig Landscapes

Read more: http://www.housebeautiful.com/kitchens/dream/outdoor-kitchen-design-ideas-0511?link=msn%3A7%20Incredible%20Outdoor%20Kitchens%5F10%20Summer%20Entertaining%20Essentials&dom=msn&tpc=Home&src=syn&con=art&mag=hbu#slide-1

 

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Surprise and thrill with a garden that attracts magical winged creatures, bringing color, movement and life.  "There is a fourth dimension that thrills our senses and brings us fully into the place", says Benjamin Vogt, a Houzz Contibutor.  Vogt shares the importance of butterflies adding a presence of color and movement that echos the flowers, grasses and stone walls in our gardens.  He continues saying "Butterflies delight and surprise. Gardening for butterflies is perhaps the simplest thing you can do in your landscape — likely you already have the basic elements to help them thrive."

Read More: http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/15450830/list/Butterfly-Gardening--Delight-the-Eyes-With-Living-Sculptures

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Tuesday, 20 May 2014 09:10

Garden Fountain and Water Wise Too!

Uncover water features which are more conscious of water conservation and strategies for placement and use from June Scott, a Houzz contributor. 

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http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/26908458?utm_source=Houzz&utm_campaign=u510&utm_medium=email&utm_content=gallery17pools-water-features-landscape-design-006

Water Feature: Fountain, Barrington Hills, IL., Schmechtig Landscapes

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Water Feature: Pond with Stream; Barrington Hills, IL. Schmechtig Landscapes

Published in Landscaping
Tuesday, 20 May 2014 09:10

Garden Fountain and Water Wise Too!

Uncover water features which are more conscious of water conservation and strategies for placement and use from June Scott, a Houzz contributor. 

Read More:

http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/26908458?utm_source=Houzz&utm_campaign=u510&utm_medium=email&utm_content=gallery17

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Whether you’re sprucing up your flower beds or adding colorful pots to your balcony or porch, here's a sampling of fun outdoor products, tools and accessories for your garden, patio or outdoor living room.  Read More:

http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/26365724?utm_source=Houzz&utm_campaign=u510&utm_medium=email&utm_content=gallery3

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According to Garden Media Group’s 2014 forecast, "people are beginning to truly understand the relationship between gardening and connecting with nature – and how this can lead to a fully satisfied and purposeful life.”   The backyard vegetable garden has become a growing trend. Homeowners want a  sustainable way of life including healthy, affordable food.  Here are 10 Easy Edibles for First-Time Gardeners. "Focus on these beginner-friendly vegetables, herbs, beans and salad greens to start a home vegetable garden with little fuss.", says Marianne Lipanovich a Houzz Contributor. Read more:

http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/24463550/list/10-Easy-Edibles-for-First-Time-Gardeners

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From marking the end of your veggie garden, to attracting butterflies and birds, to growing your favorite snack,  Houzz Contributor Marianne Lipanovich enlightens us on how to make the best of summer and sunflowers.  It's a natural pairing. Read more:

http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/6392269?utm_source=Houzz&utm_campaign=u506&utm_medium=email&utm_content=gallery14

 

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Friday, 09 May 2014 08:58

8 Flowers That Dazzle With Fall Color

Plan for the fall now! From flaming orange to supersaturated purple, Jenny Peterson, a Houzz contributor, shares which blooming beauties will set your fall garden ablaze with vivid hues. Read more:

http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/4039522/list/8-Flowers-That-Dazzle-With-Fall-Color

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Wednesday, 07 May 2014 07:01

10 Ways to Dress Up the Stoop

Create entryway appeal even in a pint-size area by decorating with plants, paint, rugs and more says, Laura Gaskill, a Houzz Contributor. 

Whether you have a city stoop, an apartment building landing, exposed exterior stairs or a small porch, these 10 ideas will help you make the most of your home’s entrance. Read More:

http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/26469994?utm_source=Houzz&utm_campaign=u500&utm_medium=email&utm_content=gallery7

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