Wednesday, 27 August 2014 12:48

20 Favorite Flowers for the Fall Landscape

Vivid blooms and striking shapes make these annuals and perennials a delight in autumn gardens. 
Marianne Lipanovich, a Houzz Contributor, shares why fall gardening is wonderful, how your garden dosen't have to look tired and 20 favorite fall plants! Read more:


Fall Perennial Plant and Garden Ideas, Lake Bluff, Illinois, Schmechtig Landscapes

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Tuesday, 26 August 2014 10:50

Great Design Plant: Ostrich Fern

Try these ferns for a showstopping sight in a shady or even somewhat sunny woodland garden from Jay Sifford, Houzz contributor.  Read More:


Landscape Ideas: Border, Stone Walkway Path, Shade Plant Ideas, Winnetka, Illinois , Schmechtig Landscapes 

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Choose from 3 easy celebrations to close summer out in a soul-satisfying way - here are Laura Gaskill, a Houzz Contributors thoughts.  Read Morepatio-landscape-design-003

Outdoor Entertaining Ideas, Winnetka, Illinois Schmechtig Landscapes

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This recipe uses your garden favorites. Serve this cold or at room temperature—perfect for a picnic or barbecue.
•8 ounces orzo (about 1 1/3 cups)
•6 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
•4 tablespoons red wine vinegar, divided
•2 medium zucchini or summer squash (about 9 ounces total), cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch-thick slices
•1 red or yellow bell pepper, quartered
•3 tablespoons purchased pesto
•2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
•1 pound uncooked large shrimp, peeled, deveined
•2 heirloom tomatoes (8 to 10 ounces total), cored, cut into 1/2-inch cubes (about 2 cups)
•1/2 cup thinly sliced fresh basil leaves plus sprigs for garnish
•1 8-ounce ball fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

Cook orzo in large pot of boiling salted water until tender but still firm to bite, stirring occasionally. Drain. Rinse with cold water; drain well. Transfer to large bowl and toss with 1 tablespoon oil.
Prepare barbecue (medium-high heat). Whisk 2 tablespoons oil and 2 tablespoons vinegar in small bowl. Brush zucchini and bell pepper with oil mixture, then sprinkle with salt and pepper. Whisk pesto, lime juice, remaining 3 1/2 tablespoons oil, and remaining 2 tablespoons vinegar in small bowl for pesto vinaigrette. Place shrimp in medium bowl. Add 2 tablespoons pesto vinaigrette; toss to coat.
Grill zucchini and bell pepper until crisptender, about 3 minutes per side for zucchini and 4 minutes per side for bell pepper. Transfer to work surface. Sprinkle shrimp with salt and pepper; grill until charred and cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Place shrimp in bowl with orzo. Chop zucchini and bell pepper; add to bowl with orzo. Add remaining vinaigrette, tomatoes, sliced basil, and mozzarella; toss to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper. DO AHEAD: Can be made 2 hours ahead. Cover; chill.
Garnish with basil sprigs and serve cold or at room temperature.

Servings: Makes 6 servings
From Bon Appétit  | June 2008 by Sara Foster

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Tuesday, 19 August 2014 10:42

Landscapes Need Renovating Just Like Homes

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:


Glenview Landscape Ideas, Schmechtig Landscape

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When the dog days of summer get the best of your garden blooms, there’s still time to create a fetching landscape, says LuAnn Brandsen, a Houzz Contributor.  You could head to the local garden center for mums, but if you want something less predictable, check out these no-fuss perennials that bloom with abandon — often up to frost. You’ll get color now, plus repeat performances for many autumns to come.
Here are LuAnn's choices to revive summer-weary gardens with outstanding late bloomers such as toad lily, Russian sage, blanket flower and more.  Learn more:


Winnetka Landscape Ideas, Perennials, Schmechtig Landscapes


Winnetka Landscape Ideas, Perennial Garden Ideas Winnetka, Schmechtig Landscapes

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Friday, 01 August 2014 13:20

Garden Games: Backyard Scrabble!

A patio floor does double duty as a Scrabble board. Read More:


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Wednesday, 23 July 2014 15:19

20 Outdoor Rooms With Entertaining Flair

Some have fire features and grills; others, just a table and chairs. But all of these open-air rooms show guests a good time.  Annie Thornton, Houzz Editorial Staff, shares her favorites:


Outdoor Entertaining: Outdoor Swimming Pool, Outdoor Kitchen, Outdoor Patio Winnetka, Illinois, Schmechtig Landscapes


Patio Ideas, Winnetka, Illinois, Schmechtig Landscapes


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See how magical moonlight can be by relaxing outdoors after the sun goes down on vacation says. Laura Gaskill, a Houzz Contributor.  It seems natural to end up outdoors in the evening and even into the night when you are out of town on holiday.  Here are a few ideas to incorporate the joy of being outdoors at home:


Outdoor Fire Pit Ideas, Winnetka, Illinois, Schmechtig Landscapes


Outdoor Patio Ideas to Watch Sunset and Star Gazing, Glenview, Illinois, Schmechtig Landscapes 


Outdoor Dining Room Ideas with fireplace, pergola and outdoor chandelier for al fresco evening dining, Barrington, Illinois Schmechtig Landscapes

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Master the illusion of motion for an exceptional garden that stirs emotions and the imagination. Jay Sifford, a Houzz contributor, shares ideas the employ bold and subtle concepts as rhythm, balance, color and more.  See more:


Garden Ideas in Winnetka, Illinois, Schmechtig Landscapes


 Garden Ideas with movement and color in Winnetka, Illinois, Schmechtig Landscapes

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