Landscaping Design Ideas in Downers Grove

If you’re a homeowner looking to spruce up your yard or create a stunning outdoor space, then you’ve come to the right place. Our team of experts has compiled a list of creative and practical landscaping design ideas that are sure to inspire you. Whether you’re looking for ways to add curb appeal to your home, create an outdoor entertainment area, or simply add some greenery to your yard, we’ve got you covered. Take a look at our ideas below!

Installing a Firepit

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A firepit is a popular backyard feature for cooler weather. It can serve as a focal point for your landscape and a gathering spot that provides both a cool visual element and a warm physical resource. Before adding a firepit, check local guidelines for placement requirements. For example, in Downers Grove, firepits must be at least 15 feet from any structure or dense brush. Your landscaping design professional can help you select the best materials, such as natural-looking Brussels Dimensional Stone for a rustic appearance. Once installed, you can enjoy a beautiful fall evening in front of a warm fire.



Fall is the perfect time to plant new trees on your property, allowing you to enjoy the beautiful multicolored foliage that autumn brings. Red maple is a popular choice for its deep crimson colors. You can choose a young tree that is 6 or 7 feet tall, or an older one that is 10 to 12 feet tall. Red maples can reach up to 25 feet after 10 years. Kentucky Coffee tree are another option for smaller decorative trees that can be incorporated into mulched beds. Their red leaves are thinner than regular maple leaves but still hold a gorgeous color during the fall months. You can also plant evergreen trees as a backdrop for other fall foliage, while retaining their green color through winter.

Outdoor Lighting 

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Adding lighting to your outdoor landscape is a great way to prepare for fall. As the days become shorter, outdoor lighting can help you spend more time outside before the snowy winter months. Consider adding lighting to walkways, retaining walls, patios, and kitchens. Even smaller lighting fixtures can make your outdoor space more welcoming and practical for evening entertaining.

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