Containers By Season

They’re Festive & Bright

IMG_0594.JPG
IMG_0595.JPG
IMG_0415.JPG
IMG_0368.JPG
IMG_0389.JPG
IMG_0395.JPG
IMG_0410.JPG
IMG_0437.JPG
IMG_0462.JPG
IMG_0815.JPG
IMG_0500.JPG
IMG_0506.JPG
IMG_0780.JPG
IMG_0670.JPG
IMG_0513.JPG
IMG_0560.JPG
IMG_0604.JPG
IMG_0698.JPG
IMG_0714.JPG
IMG_0784.JPG
IMG_0854.JPG

Spring

St. Patrick’s Day signals the beginning of our eight-month growing season as new shoots break the surface.  Tulips, daffodils, hyacinth, crocus and muscari emerge quickly over the next several weeks and by the second week of April we usher in Spring with our first seasonal planting.

Summer

The last chance for a hard frost in Chicago is May 15, when our overnight temperatures consistently hover near fifty degrees. With the relatively short bloom time of Spring flowering bulbs, the warmer weather feels long overdue and we begin replanting our show-stopping gardens with a brilliant display of flowers that will endure well into October. Given the endless supply of annuals and color combinations, we craft stunning, multi-level creations that set your garden apart from the rest.

IMG_1650.JPG
IMG_1656.JPG
IMG_1660.JPG
IMG_1659.JPG
IMG_1553.JPG
IMG_1555.JPG
IMG_1586.JPG

avant garden chicago, container design, planter, landscaper

IMG_1714.JPG
IMG_1711.JPG
IMG_1773.JPG
IMG_2176.JPG
IMG_1782.JPG

Fall

The building blocks of our Fall gardens are revealed when fountain grasses showcase their brilliant plumes, highlighting Chicagoland’s natural fall colors. The transition to Autumn is effortless as the holidays quickly take center stage. Let your landscape sing the praises of summer one more time and take advantage of the bountiful harvest. Mums are a quick fix, but lasting displays will rely upon contrasting textures and good design by utilizing flowering kale and cabbage, ornamental peppers, and colorful gourds to transform your outdoor space.

Winter

The last planting of the year coincides with our first snow, which can fall as early as Thanksgiving. The fresh snow reminds us to put on an extra layer, tidy up our planting beds, and keep our containers brimming with life as the holidays approach. Winter plantings may include fresh cut evergreen boughs, spruce tips, pine cones, eucalyptus, and winterberry.  Next to Summer, our Winter planting is the most important of the year as we go into four to five months of freezing temperatures.