Mom needs a place to rest, re-energize

  • Jennifer Hays would like to create a small oasis in her Rolling Meadows yard where she can relax after a day of teaching and kids' sporting events.

    Jennifer Hays would like to create a small oasis in her Rolling Meadows yard where she can relax after a day of teaching and kids' sporting events.

  • This outdoor arbor with side screening panels was built by Kemora Landscapes for display at Lurvey Garden Center in Des Plaines.

    This outdoor arbor with side screening panels was built by Kemora Landscapes for display at Lurvey Garden Center in Des Plaines. Photos Courtesy of Lurvey Garden Center

  • A flagstone path is bordered by Carex pensylvanica, a shade-tolerant plant and grass substitute.

    A flagstone path is bordered by Carex pensylvanica, a shade-tolerant plant and grass substitute.

  • Colorful planter filled with tropical annuals.

    Colorful planter filled with tropical annuals.

  • A portable propane-powered Jensen firepit at Lyrvey Garden Center in Des Plaines.

    A portable propane-powered Jensen firepit at Lyrvey Garden Center in Des Plaines.

  • A casual flagstone pathway can create a winding walk with planting nooks.

    A casual flagstone pathway can create a winding walk with planting nooks.

  • An outdoor candelabra can be used to create mood lighting.

    An outdoor candelabra can be used to create mood lighting.

 
By Jennifer Hays of Rolling Meadows
Posted6/16/2019 6:00 AM

I would love to have a small oasis to be able to get away after a long day of teaching, coaching and kids' sporting events. Too long we have tried to make it our own spot, not just for us but also family and friends, but we always seem to not get it just right :(

We would love to have it just right for everyone. It has been 11 years since we could really "hang out" and use the backyard. We would like a chill spot to be out and enjoying our backyard.

 

Design by Lurvey Garden Center

Expert: Jill Tumberger, www.lurveys.com

First, Have an arborist out to look at the tree in the yard. There is quite a bit of bark missing, and the tree may not be healthy, or safe. If the tree needs to be removed, this will change the entire look and scope of your project.

Budget: $10,000

Suggestions

• Create a cozy nook for dining or lounging by building a simple frame, and hang laser-cut panels for privacy, while still allowing airflow. Add some mood lighting with an outdoor chandelier or a candelabra. Complete the feeling of an outdoor room by laying an outdoor carpet underneath your furniture.

• Add pops of color by strategically placing colorful, glazed pottery around the yard. Fill with colorful annuals to complete the look.

• If you have difficulty growing grass because of heavy shade, try something else! Lay a casual flagstone pathway that creates a winding walk with planting nooks. Plant hostas, pachysandra, Carex pensylvanica and other shade-tolerant plants as a lawn substitute. The best part? No mowing!

• A portable fire pit adds instant ambience to any yard and creates a reason to gather. Portable fire pits are available as wood-burning units or propane fueled.

• Plant some summer flowering shrubs to help create some privacy along the neighboring fence line. Hydrangeas are a great choice, and there are many to consider.

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