Wednesday, 30 April 2014 09:17

Native Ground Covers for Tough, Dry Spots

Thick shade darkening your clay soil? Sun beating down on your sandy gravel? Here are 6 native ground covers for you from Benjamin Vogt, Houzz Contributor.  Read More:


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You do not need a king-size yard to add a little formality to your landscape with fanciful hedges, topiaries and paths says Laura Gaskill, a Houzz contributor.  Laura has included one of Schmechtig’s landscape installations in 12 ideas, from garden rooms and grassy allées to secret hideaways, to spark your imagination. Read more:


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Friday, 25 April 2014 07:55

Create Garden Mystery With a Zigzag Path

Jay Sifford a Houzz contributor and garden designer in Charlotte, NC. talks about  fostering intrigue by setting garden paths at angles. Read more:


Blue Stone and Crushed Blue Stone Path, Glenview, IL., Schmechtig Landscapes

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During the flower-power days of the 1960s, Donovan sang about “being mad about saffron” in his hit song Mellow Yellow. Are we still mad about yellow in our gardens, and can it be mellow? Here’s what Frank Organ, a Houzz Contributor says… read more:

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Wednesday, 23 April 2014 08:17

16 Ideas for a Healthy, Feel-Good Home

“As the warmer months draw nearer, you may be thinking about ways to improve your lifestyle by eating healthier, getting outside more or losing the stress. Before you berate yourself for slacking off on those New Year’s resolutions, take a look at how your home may (or may not) be supporting you in your quest for a healthier life.” says Laura Gaskill, a Houzz Contributor. Here are Gaskill’s recommendations  to alter your home (both minor tweaks and major changes) to support healthier choices. Read more :


Patio with fire pit: Long Grove, IL., Schmechtig Landscapes

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Monday, 21 April 2014 07:27

Harmonizing Home and Garden Styles

No need to play a matching game. June Scott a Houzz Contributor and Landscape Designer based in the Los Angeles area talks about unifing your landscape and architecture by creating links that tie them together. Read More:



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Schmechtig Landscapes was thrilled to be a part of last week’s Antiques and Garden Fair at The Chicago Botanic Garden.  Our design titled Serenity Corners, provided an inviting and aesthetically-pleasing gateway into the Rose Garden tent.  Royal Building Products partnered with Schmechtig for this project introducing and launching a new product to the Midwest and Chicago area - Zuri Premium Decking.  The two beautiful wood-looking decks with a central knot inlay provided a unique accent detail to set the tone of “Serenity Corners”, our mirror image garden.

We incorporated a four corner raised garden to surround the decks. The retaining walls, accent benches, trellises and container pots enhanced and framed the space. The planting scheme utilized: a back drop of upright evergreens (Smaragd Arborvitaes) against the tent; a foreground of broadleaf evergreen hedges (Boxwoods);  Royal Magnolia’s providing a central sculptural element to accentuate and draw attention to its form, detail and natural beauty; an understory of flowering perennials layering down to spring bulbs and blooming groundcover; decorative containers  filled with a rich composition of spring color and texture to further enrich and frame this peaceful mirror image garden space. 

Schmechtig thanks the Chicago Botanic Garden for asking us to create a garden for this year’s Antiques and Garden Fair event.  We are very grateful to the generous support of the following companies who helped in the creation and/or supply of materials for this garden space: ZURI Premium Decking By Royal Building Products (Decks), Lumberman’s Wholesale Inc. (Wholesale Distributor of Building Products), Kimball & Bean Garden Antiques (Hand Crafted Planters), Unilock (Rivercrest Walls), Wilson Nurseries & Landscape Supply (Rivercrest Walls), Woodway (Catalina Cedar Trellis Panels), Arboria (Serenity Benches) and Home Decorators (Accent Pillows and Mirrors).


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Thursday, 17 April 2014 10:46

10 Ways to Fight Pollen at Home


Keep sneezing and stuffiness to a minimum by making your house as pollen free as possible. The pollen season is beginning. Here are 10 ways to fight it from Becky Harris a Houzz contributor. Read more:



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In 2010 Schmechtig Landscapes was asked to design the outdoor room for Chicago’s Merchandise Mart DreamHome.  Our design concept was all about bringing the interior out.  We call it InExteriors and have a department dedicated to this.  Our friends at Marketing Materials bogged about this today.  Schmechtig Landscapes works with them to incorporate their stone products in our designs. See the video on our Dreamhome:

 and Materials Marketing blog:


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Monday, 14 April 2014 11:14

Outdoor Furniture - Sale This May!

Schmechtig Landscapes is pleased to tell you of a wonderful event at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago.  The Outdoor Furniture Sample Sale will take place from May 7th – 9th and is open to the public.  This gives you the opportunity to shop the showrooms and uncover the patio furniture to complete your landscape plan. From patio furniture, to custom fabrics, to container pots and accessories, this not –to–miss event will help you find the outdoor garden furniture you have been looking for to achieve the total and inviting living experience you want this season.  The Merchandise Mart Designers on Call designers will be on hand to assist with custom new orders helping you save up to 75% off!


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