A Classic Residence Redefined

By Bertog Landscape Company

Following a planned addition to their 1928 Country Georgian-style home on Chicago’s North Shore, the owners requested a renovation of the existing landscape to complement the home’s architectural style. The result is formal, monochromatic and classical. Careful planning to source original house brick ensures a seamless transition from old to new. Front foundation plantings of Frans Fontaine Hornbeam and Pyramidal Arborvitae accent architectural lines. Prairie Fire Crabapple provides seasonal interest. Yews, boxwood and Bobo® Hydrangea create timeless elegance. A bluestone terrace with grass joints creates an informal gathering space near the outdoor kitchen, while a nearby patio with brick seat walls encloses space for dining. Angled slab steps with grass treads offer geometric contrast. A wood-burning brick fire feature on the lower-level bluestone chip patio is tucked behind terrace walls for secluded gatherings. The rear yard landscape transitions to an informal, colorful mix of sedges, native perennials and serviceberry trees.