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Colonial Landscape Design

Use this design sheet to help you create the perfect Colonial landscape. You'll get ideas for color, décor, materials, plants and fabric. It is a great starting point for any New England landscaping project.

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When it comes to outdoor living, St Louis neighborhoods are rich in landscapes with the latest in high powered grills and swimming pools. For anyone lucky enough to own the many styles of vintage homes in this unique city on the plains, there's no end to the ways your backyard can become an oasis of the good life. All you need is a good design and a great contractor to put it all together.

This beautiful city is home to the Gateway Arch and the world famous Missouri Botanical Garden, the most important horticultural institution in the United States. This is the very center of understanding the gumbo soils and native plants that are so important to St. Louis's commitment as a sustainable city. In fact, most of the older street trees are natives, offering a great opportunity for selecting locally adapted trees for landscaping.

Chesterfield is further out to the west, and here residents enjoy newer subdivisions with great yards for family life in the warm months. Broad expanses of lawn mimic the prairie that once cloaked this region. Large swimming pools, grills and outdoor dining are some of the most universal ways to enjoy the weather in between summer rainstorms.

In O'Fallon life is still slow and easy yet it's just a short commute into St. Louis. Homes here are more contemporary, many sited within enormous swaths of lawn. The backyard can be more than just a place to throw the Frisbee when great amenities are added to provide a beautiful outdoor living space. Mom will be thrilled to boil her summer corn with an outdoor power burner close to the gill. Dad will enjoy watching the kids swim as the burgers brown.

The riverfront city of St. Charles not far away was once a vital port on the Missouri River for immigrants that leaves behind a wonderfully historic downtown with vintage homes and gardens. Here more contemporary neighborhoods are family focused offering wonderful opportunities for creating expansive landscapes with a variety of uses.

St. Louis and its smaller satellite cities are in an area of potentially severe weather with violent thunderstorms and tornadoes. In this climate structures must be very well built to withstand these pressures. This makes it vital that a local professional lay out your project and design structures in the proper way to prevent storm damage. Due to the emphasis on Missouri's rich native plant palette, these landscapes come to reflect their environs and thereby reduce the water needed to keep them alive.

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