Giving a new home in the American Midwest an aged, “always-been-here” look is no easy task.The European-inspired architecture of this Lake Forest, Illinois, home helped, but the original landscape design gave away the illusion.The previous landscaping had been done in an informal style, which simply did not work with the classical lines of the home.
The homeowners brought in Jim Osborne, from Mariani Landscape of Lake Bluff, Illinois, to create the formal structure they sought for their garden. “The goal of the owners was to have a European-style landscape to complement the architecture of the house,” says Osborne. “Forming the lines and structure in the garden to create the setting that the house needed was one of the main challenges.” Hardscape, which surrounds the home, helped inspire the appropriate planting spaces.The stone façade, graveled paths, and sharply angled stone walls lent the hard lines needed for the new formal landscape.
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