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Softscape/Planting Design Portfolio

Bring the beauty of plants and foliage to your yard with the help of LawnCare by Walter's expert landscape team. Our softscapes and plantings gallery shows an abundance of low-maintenance, privacy, erosion control, and strikingly beautiful options, any of which can transform an ordinary space into a work of art.

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New Yet Established

Softscape/Planting

These avid gardeners enjoy working in their beautiful backyard garden, but wanted a little guidance when it came to renovating their outdated front foundation landscaping. The Yews were showing massive bare spots and the Junipers were overgrown and tired. In addition, the front lacked a much-desired pop of color. The owners wanted a new look with out looking too "new" so mature-sized Boxwood were planted to appear to have existed in the front for some time. The side bed was expanded to allow for a new flagstone pathway that would be installed by others. An Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry added scale and interest that could be enjoyed from indoors. The maroon colored Coralbells created balance and unity with the specimen Japanese Maple. Finally, a mix of colorful shrubs and perennials completed the space. To extend curb appeal of this space, low voltage lighting was added to highlight the home as well as the two specimen trees.



Low Maintenance Beauty

Softscape/Planting

This owner's existing landscape plantings had surpassed their peak. The overgrown shrubs and struggling plant material were removed to make way for a new contemporary design developed with help from the homeowner. She wanted the space to be attractive, colorful, and of course low-maintenance. After some slight adjustments to the existing bed layouts and installation of fresh mushroom compost we completed this renovation, which ensured interest throughout the seasons. New plantings included Boxwood, ornamental grasses, yellow Coreopsis, red Coneflower, purple Iris, dwarf Hydrangea, and a specimen Magnolia. Decorative boulders were added to complete the look as well as divert water flow in order to avoid washout of the mulch. Once mature the new plantings will fit cozily together without overwhelming the space or each other.



The Corner Spot

Softscape/Planting

We partnered with Green Key Landscape Design and the Miracle Mile Rockford to complete the landscape overhaul of the Rock River Blocks frontage beds along the corner of Alpine Road and State Street. The unassuming turf and tired Juniper shrubs were replaced with a low-profile mix of hardy, salt tolerant, colorful perennials such as Catmint, Salvia, and Allium. Key locations were accented with beautiful specimen pieces of Fond du Lac outcropping stone. Once complete, this corner became a highlight to the local business area and enhanced theoverall appeal of the properties.



Modern Makeover

Softscape/Planting

When our homeowners moved into this home, they craved the beauty their previous home's landscaping provided. To enhance the existing backyard's modern feel, they wanted to add privacy and a colorful palette or ornamental favorites. The poorly-installed and cared-for Oak was removed and replaced with a fast-growning Autumn Brilliance Maple that would, in time, provide much-needed shade to the deck. Existing landscape beds were cleaned and redefined and a new bed was installed along the back property line where the privacy barrier, created with two varieties of Arborvitae, would live. To incorporate texture and color within the beds, Hydrangeas, Lilies, Salvia, ornamental grasses, Coreopsis, and Russian Sage were installed. Oakfield flagstone steppers were added for comfortable access from the deck to the backyard lawn.



Sustainable and Charming

Softscape/Planting

Having completed indoor renovations, this family was ready to tackle the outdoor landscape. Their goals: to create a contemporary landscape that enhanced the architecture of their home while also being sustainable incorporating native plants to support the local flora and fauna. We removed the overgrown and poorly placed plant material, expanded the existing planting area to create one large area, and pruned the existing Serviceberry. Specimen evergreens were installed at key focal points, shrubbery and ornamental grasses were installed to screen the existing A/C as well as create a backdrop for the colorful perennials. A mixture of native and non-native perennials were finally installed to make sure this space had something in bloom throughout the entire growing season. A flagstone path was placed off of the front sidewalk to lead one to the owner's bench underneath the Serviceberry.



A Pleasing View

Softscape/Planting

These homeowners set out to make sure their new building not only complimented their existing home, but created an aesthetically pleasing view for the neighbors and passersby. Unilock's Beacon Hill Smooth pavers in Bavarian Blend with a mixed Copthorne salior course in Burnt Clay and Basalt were installed underneath the wrap-around porch adding warmth to the space. Soft, flowing landscape beds were installed around the entire perimeter of the barn allowing for an expansive planting design that incorporated ornamental trees, shrubs, colorful perennials, and annuals for seasonal interest. Once matured, the plantings will soften and compliment the building.



Ready to Entertain Outdoors!

Hardscape Softscape/Planting

When we first met the homeowners, they expressed an interest in a "world class" entryway and patio design suitable for hosting large get-togethers with family and friends. Size was important to them as well as the ability to entertain in weather that was less than ideal. They already had a patio deck, but it needed some upgrading and a little more character to complement the other nicer features of their property. We recommended expanding and connecting the front entryway to the back patio so we began the project by removing the existing concrete walkway and stoop from both the front and the back deck. By installing a wider walkway with a large greeting circle in the front, the entryway space was increased allowing for more space when guests migrated to and from the backyard. Since the homeowners preferred curves over straight lines, we designed a curvilinear pattern that flowed towards the back. Because there was a significant difference in height from the ground level to the back door, we made sure to accommodate this environment with a multi-level patio. Each level of the patio has unique characteristics including a kitchen and bar area on one level featuring a grill, sink, refrigerator, built-in trash can, warming drawer, and granite countertop. Another level boasts a firepit encompassed with a seating area consisting of a double wide seat wall with a backrest and a smooth bench seat made with custom limestone. The firepit consists of a custom gas burning plate by Fire Gear. A large pitched roof above the grilling and bar area was also constructed and premium led low voltage lights with various illuminating and color options from FX Lighting were installed. The brick material was purchased through Unilock and the kitchen appliances came from Summerset. The next phase of the design will be greenery planted in the appropriate places to tie the hardscaping together. The homeowners are now ready to entertain!



A Private Retreat

Hardscape Softscape/Planting

Our homeowner wanted an updated landscape throughout the property, a small paved space in which to relax, and a privacy barrier that wasn't just a row of trees. We started by creating a small patio using Belgard Mega Dublin pavers in Cotswold Mist with Weston Universal stone seat walls, also in Cotswold Mist, bordering the patio. This addition of seat walls created extra seating without sacrificing the gathering space. To create the privacy barrier, we planted Emerald Green Arborvitae, which will maintain the barrier throughout the entire year. The curvillinear landscape be, edged with 12-gauge steel edging, created additional visual interest; it was filled with a mix of low maintenance perennials, shrubs, and trees, including Hydrangeas, Viburmums, ornamental grasses, Azaleas, Coneflowers, Alliums, Coreposis, Geranium, and Wild Indigo. Only basic maintenance will be required on this landscape: cutting back perennials in fall/spring, selective pruning on shrubbery, and filling the landscape bed with mushroom compost and premium mulch.



Soothing Sanctuary

Hardscape Softscape/Planting

This project's goal was to extend the outdoor living space from the deck to the lower yard by installing a paver patio. This large patio space, created from Belgard Lafitt pavers in Danville Beige and trimmed with a soldier course border using Hollandstone pavers in Charcoal, was adorned with Belgard Weston Universal and 3-piece wall stones in Danville Beige accent pillars and seat wall. We also incorporated a water feature and some plantings to soften the paved space. The Aquascape basalt column fountain created a unique focal point to the patio as well as a soothing sound. To complete the space, we installed outcropping stone to break up portions of the steep hillside while helping to prevent major water erosion.



Three Season Beauty

Hardscape Softscape/Planting

Our homeowner wanted a low maintenance landscape that provided three-season visual interest. We installed a mix of shrubs and perennials throughout the landscape beds that will expand as they mature resulting in less space for weeds and mulch maintenance. Previous erosion issues in the front landscape bed were corrected by installing large Fond du Lac outcropping stone to break up the hillside and aid in structural support. Outcropping stone was also used as steps to lead to the elevated pool in the backyard.



Driveway Makeover

Hardscape Softscape/Planting

The end goal on this specific project was to spruce up an existing driveway. Our customer really wanted to do something unique that would make a statement but wouldn't overpower the surrounding landscape. The plantings in front of the house were also designed to facilitate the owner's need of being low maintenance while fulfilling the attributes of multi-seasonal color and texture. Our Designer included natural Fon du Lac Outcropping stones and decorative tan and brown Meramac gravel by the culvert to soften the overall driveway appearance. Double processed dark brown hardwood mulch was added to enhance the color of both plant material and natural stone really making this overall look pop with color!



From Mundane to Magnificent

Hardscape Softscape/Planting

To freshen the look of this concrete pad, we created a multi-level patio using Belgard Mega Dublin pavers in Gascony Tan and accented with a Belgard Hollandstone soldier course in Ashbury Haze. Pillars and steps were created from Belgard Weston Universal wall stone in Gascony Tan. We softened the area by adding low-maintenance landscape plantings, which surrounded the patio. The homeowners were so pleased with the finished product that they chose to redo their front porch to match the paved backyard spaces.



Tapestry of Stonework

Hardscape Softscape/Planting

This terraced landscape was in need of a makeover. Dated flagstone steps were uneven and falling apart making them dangerous to traverse. And the patio was dingy and offered limited usable space. It was time to bring the landscape up to the clean, contemporary look of the home's structure. The first item we needed to contend with was the steep hillside adjacent to the proposed patio area. The homeowner expressed a desire to not only update this space but incorporate natural elements. So when working on the design our designer chose to use large Chilton natural outcropping stone along the hillside to serve both as a retaining wall and steps leading from the upper yard to the lower patio. This served not only a functional purpose but also created a beautiful tapestry of stonework interwoven with ornamental plants that further aided in erosion control. The new patio was expanded into one cohesive space with smooth curving lines that didn't take away from the natural feel of the space. Taking it a final step further our designer chose to cut the patio into the natural wall stone to give the feeling that the patio was constructed around naturally occurring outcropping. Unilock's Beacon Hill Smooth pavers in Bavarian Blend and Hollandstone Premier pavers in Heritage Brown were used for the patio.



Simplistic Yet Sophisticated Berm

Softscape/Planting

The existing berm for this homeowner was in need of a clean and updated look. Our Landscape Designer wanted to soften the shape of the landscaped bed by choosing natural Fon du Lac outcropping stone to compliment the dense yet airy Evergreens and plantings the homeowner originally chose. Installing a complimentary color of mulch, like the dark brown featured in this photo, really intensifies the bright crisp green of the plants and trees.

Testimonial

 Excellent job! We are very happy with the way it turned out. Even though changes were made by us to the selection of plants, the job was completed on the original schedule.

-Mr. & Mrs. Faleskin

 



Renovated Relaxation Garden

Hardscape Softscape/Planting

This previously overgrown garden was in desperate need of makeover. Our customer was looking to transform his existing garden to something more manageable and contemporary in style. The existing patio and large open windows faced the garden so creating a beautiful focal point was key. One of our talented Landscape Designers used the existing planter beds and Japanese maple to integrate with the different newly installed plant textures and colors. The bubbling water feature was used as a simple design but strong in nature while using carefully placed Unilock Rivenstone stepping stones in the color Canyon. The relaxing sound of bubbling water echoes throughout the backyard enticing one to kick back and unwind.



The Perfect Patio to Accompany Your In-ground Pool

Hardscape Softscape/Planting

When first starting this project, the homeowners had planned to install an in-ground pool. Because the elevation of the grade drastically changed throughout parts of the backyard, a retaining wall was needed on the outer edge of the pool. After a contractor poured concrete around the outside part of the pool, LCBW installed a retaining wall surrounding most of the area. Ideal entrances and exits were also a key part of this plan. LCBW provided two main entrances using matching brick to create stairs going up and down the changing grades. The owners also wanted two different entertaining areas – each with its own elevation. The firepit area was created with natural flagstone to provide a ground level area along with a raised smaller patio where guests could get out of the sun and relax. The raised patio section was built using the same brick for the retaining walls and covered with a closed roof pergola. Everything was complemented with low-maintenance perennials and shrubs including native coneflowers and colorful varieties of low-growing perennials. To balance the unevenness, Hydrangeas were planted throughout the landscaping beds. Materials used: Unilock Estate wall block River color with fullnose coping. Chilton flagstone around fire pit. Mix of low maintenance perennials coneflower, coreopsis, allium, stachys, low growing shrubs, hydrangea



Asian Contemporary Oasis

Hardscape Softscape/Planting

This project was uniquely designed to reflect the cultural background of our customer. Two of our talented Project Managers/Landscape Designers worked together to create a peaceful retreat of relaxation while incorporating the Asian elements of earth, water, stone, wood and a contrast of textures. The cedar trellises were custom designed and made by our team of skilled employees and the solid granite pagoda nestled between the red maple and lush evergreens was custom lit by our Project Manager for a lasting touch of artistry. In the back yard we used Belard Wellington wall in an Ashbury Haze color with a matching cap for the tapering retaining wall. The steps are Belgard Granika in Danville Beige and the patio pavers are Belgard Lafitt in the Ashbury Haze color with a Belgard Danville Beige accent band. The cozy firepit was created using the same stone as the retaining wall. The sidewalk and stoop to the front entrance of the house reflects the same beautiful wall and pavers that were used in the back yard.



A Neighborly Nook

Hardscape Softscape/Planting

Relaxing doesn't always have to take place in the back yard. This existing ordinary looking concrete pad was renovated to incorporate more of a relaxed atmosphere so the home owner could peacefully sit out in front of his house. The crescent shape of the Ashbury Haze Belgard Holland Stone paver patio and new plantings really opened up the space nicely and gave it more of an inviting look and feeling.

Testimonial

Logan and all the workers were great to work with; a beautiful job done! -Mr. and Mrs. Owen


A Blessed Sanctuary

Hardscape Softscape/Planting

After visiting Rosary gardens in the surrounding area, the leaders at St. Rita Catholic Church knew it was time for a beautiful and sacred sanctuary of their own. Church leaders had many goals in mind: handicap accessibility, proper lighting for extended use and safety, private & open spaces, easy navigation through the rosary prayers, and durability. We first recognized the existing mature trees around the site were extremely valuable to the project; adding both scale and depth. We wanted to then add warmth and even more scale to the space by installing a variety of hardy plants. In the end, more than 1,200 plants were installed. When it came to the actual hardscape, we installed approximately 2,300 square feet of Ashbury Haze, Belgard Mega-Dublin pavers. Of course no sanctuary would be complete without the peaceful resonance of running water. That's why we specifically designed a three-stone basalt water feature with a winding dry creek to be installed at the center of the garden. We finished the project by installing low voltage LED accent lights and up lights throughout the garden. The statues and markers were purchased by the church. More than five months after breaking ground, the new Rosary Garden was complete and the parishioners and guests of St. Rita Catholic Church had a new place to worship and honor the Blessed Mother of Jesus.



Belgard Rustic Patio & Firepit

Hardscape Softscape/Planting

In this private and quiet setting, our Project Manager used the surrounding landscape to inspire a rustic themed outdoor space where family and friends could relax. The pre-existing concrete patio started failing and our customer trusted us to create a provincial style landscape to enjoy for many years! The patio pavers used to create a natural look were Belgard Mega Libre in a Danville Beige color, the pillar walls that encase the wood beams on the beautiful wooden deck were Belgard Weston Wall in Gascony Tan color and the gorgeous stone staircase is Belgard Granika in the Gascony Tan color.

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