A Garden by a Pond in Chicago

This charming garden in suburban Chicago features plenty of artwork and an infectious spirit of play.

Photo By: Image courtesy of Kim Visokey

Photo By: Image courtesy of Kim Visokey

Photo By: Image courtesy of Kim Visokey

Photo By: Image courtesy of Kim Visokey

Photo By: Image courtesy of Kim Visokey

Photo By: Image courtesy of Kim Visokey

Photo By: Image courtesy of Kim Visokey

Photo By: Image courtesy of Kim Visokey

Photo By: Image courtesy of Kim Visokey

Photo By: Image courtesy of Kim Visokey

Photo By: Image courtesy of Kim Visokey

Photo By: Image courtesy of Kim Visokey

Photo By: Image courtesy of Kim Visokey

Photo By: Image courtesy of Kim Visokey

Photo By: Image courtesy of Kim Visokey

Photo By: Image courtesy of Kim Visokey

Wild by Nature

It's not often you catch glimpses of herons and bull frogs lounging by a suburban pond. But at this secluded pond-side garden flanking a 1923 home in suburban Chicago, nature co-exists with the happy family that lives here. The ruby spikes of Persicaria amplexicaulis 'Firetail' waves in the breeze catching the eye of everyone who enters this delightful pond-side garden.

A Garden by A Pond

This idyllic pond is a hub for wildlife activity and a source of tremendous enjoyment for the homeowners who love watching the frogs, geese, ducks, cormorants and herons come and go.

Throwing Some Shade

A recently added shade garden looks like it's been around forever with its abundance of shade-loving plants. By combining hardy ferns, ligularia, variegated Solomon's seal and others, there's no denying that this would be a sweet spot to relax on a hot summer day.

Newly Planted Shade Garden

Hostas, ajuga and fern rub shoulders and thrive along a new stone path. A mix of good soil and smart placement make this young shade garden look like it's been there forever.

A Whimsical Dog Sculpture

This sculpture by Santa Fe artist Dale Rogers points the way to a magical pond-side garden along the North Shore of Chicago.

Come Explore

The owners' respect for the previously established garden and the vintage charm of their home drove their choice to add this antique gate and newly constructed stone wall to the entrance of a new shade garden.

Folk Art and Flowers: A Powerful Mix

The couple who now tend to the garden of this charming 1928 home in the suburbs of Chicago lovingly sprinkle their collection of found objects and other folk art amid their colorful and textural perennial borders. Here, a crusty old spire holds watch over a mix of Stachys byzantina 'Helene von Stein' pink cosmos, agastache 'Blue Fortune' among others.

A Robust Mix of Annuals and Perennials

The charming nature of this garden comes from a symphony of perennials and annuals. Cleome hassleriana takes a bow, but only after the early show of peonies. Other charmers include: bronze fennel, purple coneflower, butterfly bush and agastache—all of which are repeated throughout the garden.

A Charming Dove Cove

The antique carved stone dove habitat was brought over from the owners' previous home and has found a new perch on a tree stump in a shady corner of the garden. One clever way the owners decided to stake claim to the existing garden was to add a few choice additions from their personal folk art collection.

A Happy Trio of Containers:

As garden color waxes and wanes between seasons, luscious pots full of lantana, verbena and rudbeckia step in to cheer things up until the next wave of color kicks into high gear.

A Bright Spot in the Shade

Garden lovers often struggle with those dark corners that never quite seem to get enough sun. This happy combo of oak leaf hydrangea and variegated Solomon's seal seem to emit a light all their own.

African Stone Sculpture

This unique garden feature (left behind by the previous owner) serves double duty on a ledge that overlooks the pool on one side and the garden on the other. The current owners intend to "pay it forward" some day by leaving the sculpture for the next family to enjoy.

Stone Ornaments Mingle in the Garden

The key to the success of this charming garden is the capricious placement of both folk art and more serious stone ornaments.

Salvaged Chairs Become Lawn Art

Salvaged Chairs Become Lawn Art:

Striking a Humorous Pose

On an early autumn day, a rusty iron figure dances happily through a drift of salvia azurea var. grandiflora and Miscanthus sinensis 'Morning Light'.

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