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Nalbach Residence, La Grange
Avant Garden Chicago, Inc.
Prairie Style Plantings
Swathes of plantings simplify a garden bed
Ipe - brazilian hardwood - for front steps and back patio
Table - $1,250
I like the contrast of the two woods. A little too orange for me, for the front entrance is shows how an inset panel may look for the front stairs/entrance.
This is Clear Cedar which is stained to mimic Ipe. I think with the right stain (like this one) I can't tell the difference between the two. Colin will quote out both prices.
Jordan Manufacturing Wood Planter Box with Trellis - $108.98
You mentioned a vegetable garden on the side of the garage. Well maybe we could incorporate a raised vegetable bed there if it had a trellis and was made out of the same wood as the stairs/deck. It might bring all the areas together.