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Outdoor makeover contest Week 4: Need more color

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  • This yard just needs some finishing touches to be perfect for summertime fun.

      This yard just needs some finishing touches to be perfect for summertime fun.

  • The new planting bed could incorporate azalea's, right, or lady's mantle, left.

      The new planting bed could incorporate azalea's, right, or lady's mantle, left.
    Courtesy of Lurvey Landscape Supply and Garden Cen

  • Cladium makes a bold statement in a container.

      Cladium makes a bold statement in a container.
    Courtesy of Lurvey Landscape Supply and Garden Cen

  • Fanal Astilbe would do well in a new planting bed that incorporates the existing flowering tree.

      Fanal Astilbe would do well in a new planting bed that incorporates the existing flowering tree.
    Courtesy of Lurvey Landscape Supply and Garden Cen

  • Endless Summer hydrangeas bloom from late spring to fall.

      Endless Summer hydrangeas bloom from late spring to fall.
    Courtesy of Lurvey Landscape Supply and Garden Cen

  • The wicker Solano modular sectional creates a custome seating area with Landon stools doubling as a coffee table.

      The wicker Solano modular sectional creates a custome seating area with Landon stools doubling as a coffee table.
    Courtesy of World Market

  • With two pool loungers just outside the pergola, the family could relax in the sun.

      With two pool loungers just outside the pergola, the family could relax in the sun.
    Courtesy of World Market

  • Adirondack chairs facing the sectional will complete the outdoor seating area.

      Adirondack chairs facing the sectional will complete the outdoor seating area.
    Courtesy of World Market

  • A potting bench can be a useful addition to the right side corner of the house.

      A potting bench can be a useful addition to the right side corner of the house.
    Courtesy of World Market

 
By Sumnima Limbu of Warrenville

We spend so much time in our yard, a nice makeover will be a wish come true. I have tried my best to make it great but something is missing still and any help from professionals will be like winning a megamillion lottery!

Transformation by Lurvey Landscape Supply and Garden Center of Des Plaines

Budget: $2,000

The yard has a nice covered patio, but is lacking some structure with plantings. It does have a flowering ornamental tree which will provide some shade to the area.

• Install a curvy planting bed and incorporate the exsiting tree.

• In the new planting bed, plant a mixture of flowering shrubs and perennials that will provide all seasons of interest.

• Dress the patio up with some container plantings that can be switched out as needed.

Transformation by World Market (Randhurst) of Mount Prospect

Budget: $2,500-$3,000

This homeowner has an enclosed backyard with pergola-covered patio. Looks like it is used mostly as a storage area for kids toys and grill. There is no area to sit with guests and relax or enjoy the day outside. With the addition of landscaping, we feel an outdoor seating area would really liven up the space and add some much needed color.

• Seating area: Our all-weather wicker Solano modular sectional can be used to create custom seating area. Use our Landon stools as a coffee table and move the existing table and chairs adjacent to the grill. Utilize toss pillows to add some color and brighten the space.

• Use our gray potting bench along the back of the house on the right side corner. Add two pool loungers and cushions to the outside of the pergola for some relaxing in the sun.

• Add two Adirondack chairs facing into the sectional to complete the outdoor seating area with bright colors and an entertaining feel.

• Use string lights surrounding the pergola to provide some color and lighting for entertaining during the evening hours.

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