Send Me Plants!

With Valentine's Day quickly approaching, let's skip the chocolate and send roses. Not cut roses, but rose shrubs!   Planting rose shrubs after the last frost in spring is the perfect time to plant. Otherwise, at least 10 weeks before the first frost in the fall. And since spring is quickly approaching, the timing is near. You can even place potted roses outside by the end of February.   Rose shrubs come in a variety of forms and colors,...

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Rain Gardens

At DG2, we offer a special service of designing a rain garden.   What is a rain garden? A rain garden is a planted depression that allows rainwater runoff from surfaces such as roofs, driveways, walkways or parking lots to be absorbed by the plants. This allows stormwater to soak back into the ground as opposed to running into storm drains or cause flooding, erosion and water pollution.   How big does a rain garden have to be? The...

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Let’s Go Play Outside!

Do you remember the days of going outside and not coming in until your clothes were filthy and it was dinner time? According to many studies and articles, kids are not getting the amount of outdoor play time as they should. Sure, technology can be amazing, but what has happened to the act of exploring and getting to know your neighbors?   Is your yard outdoor play friendly? Do you live on a busy street? Are there...

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Turf Wars

My husband, in his past career, designed golf courses. So naturally, he loves a good manicured lawn. It is now his hobby to care and maintain our lawn, to create that perfect expanse of green turf.   But how about for those who want a little less maintenance and more of a natural look? Have you ever considered options for your yard to include green space that isn't necessarily a grass seed blend?   Here are some options to get...

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Winter Beauties

Living in the Midwest region offers something that some parts of the country don't ever see. We are fortunate to have four different seasons. Of course, sometimes we can experience all four seasons in one week, but it creates an environment that pops up surprises throughout the year.   Being in the dead of winter, take notice of what plants and trees show their winter colors and make a list of what to plant in your yard.   Here...

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New Year, New Yard

It is January 5th. Have you set any New Year's resolutions? Have you broken them already? Why not try to add a resolution of making your outdoor living space great?! It might not make you lose weight, or say no to stressful situations, but it will give you a place to relax, a sense of helping the environment and pride for your living space.   Need some goals? Here are a few to start 2017 with.   (source) Plant vegetation...

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Cottage Style

Flowers and ponds. Grasses and cobblestones. Trinkets and yard ornaments. Whimsy and texture. Do these words resonate with you? Maybe cottage style is your landscape aesthetic. Take a look at some inspiration photos and decide for yourself.   (source)   (source)   (source)   (source)   (source)   (source)   (source)...

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Natural and Native Landscape Style

Last week we covered modern landscape aesthetics. This week we'll inspire you with designs that cover the more natural and native plant materials.   While the plant selections to create a natural design will be more hands off for plant care, there will still be some maintenance for trimming and clean up. However, this style is great for water conservation and wildlife enhancement to help with bees and birds and butterflies. When picking out plant material, your...

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Modern Landscape Design

When designers have initial meetings with clients, one of the first questions will be "What is your style?" Some people may have a strong sense of what they like and others need a little push. Through these series of design styles, you will see inspiration photos to help you decide.   Modern styles include minimal plantings, abundant hardscapes and simple and clean lines. Modern design does very well in warm climates where you can create year round...

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‘Tis the Season

  It's December 1st and if you are decorating for the holidays, don't forget to decorate the exterior. Between exterior lights, window boxes, urns and door wreaths, this is a great time to create a seasonal warmth.   When it comes to exterior lights, do you prefer white lights? Colored lights or icicle lights? How about the new light that spotlights thousands of twinkling lights on your home? And when it comes to your landscaping, do you decorate the...

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