June 26, 2018

Chalet Recommends...

    Plant Combinations:

Every designer has their go to medium, be it paint, clay, metal, or in my case, plants. There are endless choices and usually several plants that can be used in any given situation. Plant choices can also be highly subjective depending on the designer, and each of us has our own all-stars.  Here are a few of my favorite plant combinations:

Spring:   Scilla and Tete a Tete Daffodil are great complimentary bulbs. They bloom at the same time in early spring and are about the same height. Scilla will typically reach a height of 4-6” and Tete a Tete  Daffodil will grow to 10” tall. The striking combination of blue and gold brings life back to a garden that has been starved of color for the winter months.

Summer Sun:    Catmint ‘Kit Kat’ , Geranium ‘Bevan’s Variety’ (available for purchase online!), and Allium ‘Summer Beauty’ combine to make a beautiful early summer statement in the garden. When planted in alternating drifts, these three perennials add calming colors to any planting bed border and give you extended bloom times.

Geranium Cranesbill Bevan's Variety

Summer Shade:    Oak Sedge and Hosta ‘Blue Angel’ add color and texture to shady areas in the garden. The soft grass like texture of Oak Sedge is contrasted by the big bold leaves of ‘Blue Angel’. Both Hosta and Sedge are low-care plants and do not require extensive watering.

Fall:    Sumac ‘Tiger Eyes’ and Amsonia ‘Halfway to Arkansas’ add bold color to the garden late in the season. The course texture of ‘Tiger Eyes’ pairs well with the delicate appearance of ‘Halfway to Arkansas’. Planting a group of these Amsonia in front of a grouping of Sumac ‘Tiger Eyes’ also helps hide the latter's lower, less attractive branches.

Winter:   Juniper 'Kallay’s Compact’ and Dogwood ‘Arctic Fire’ (available for purchase online!are great companion plants. The year-round consistent blue-green color of the Juniper creates a great foreground for the vibrant red–orange stems of Artic Fire Dogwood in winter. Add a fresh layer of snow and these two rock star plants really stand out.

As any gardener will tell you, trial and error is the best way to learn about which plant pairings you enjoy most, but hopefully the pairings above give you a good head start.


Nate Robinson

Nathan Robinson’s background in landscape design and project management allows him to see opportunity in any project. He partners with his clients to create spaces that fit the needs of their families, while also creating stunning visual impact. Nate is an Illinois native and proud graduate of the University of Illinois’ Landscape Architecture program. In his time away from the office, he enjoys hiking, landscape photography and spending time along the lakefront with his two Australian Shepherds.

Ask Nate a question below! 






Leave a comment


Also in Chalet Blog

Tips & Trends for Fresh Fall Containers
Tips & Trends for Fresh Fall Containers

September 12, 2018 1 Comment

Extremes in summer weather have taken a toll on gardens… and planters, too. I dare anyone to say their formerly beautiful containers look exactly the way they’d like as fall becomes fact. Since we still have lots of time before winter, why not enjoy that time with feast-for-the-eyes gorgeous pots? I asked Earl Lieske, III, Chalet’s Wilmette planter guru, what trends he’s creating for fresh fall container gardening fashions.

View full article →

Essential Oils for Back to School
Essential Oils for Back to School

August 27, 2018

It’s that time of year again. Back to school season is upon us - a time welcomed by parents and frowned upon by the kids. The school year can bring unfamiliar stresses to children and the family dynamic. They go from weeks of fun to hard work and learning. One of the things that can cause back to school anxiety is not knowing what to expect… 

View full article →

Letting Your Landscape Go to the Dogs
Letting Your Landscape Go to the Dogs

August 02, 2018

Everyone that has a dog agrees their pets are family members too. And just like kids, your pet’s energy and needs should be considered when developing our gardens. Whether you have an “only” dog or a pack, here are a few things to consider to ensure their happiness and safety when enjoying their outdoor space:

View full article →