Create a backyard sanctuary perfect for entertaining family and friends this summer.
McHenry County Living’s Outdoor Living Guide
Blazing Fire Bowl (pictured)
Fire bowls are perfect outdoor companions for seasonal get-togethers and are available at Nierman Landscape and Design (1317 Lamb Rd., Woodstock, 815-337-8873, www.niermanland.com).
Summer Classics’ 2011 collection of outdoor furniture, plus this brass heron sculpture, make great additions to any backyard and are available at Gardens of Woodstock (5211 Swanson Road, Woodstock, 815-337-2509, www.gardensofwoodstock.com).
Need a little privacy? A honeysuckle vine (shown in mandarin) is perfect for screening and is pleasing to the eye with bright green foliage and unique tubular flowers that attract hummingbirds. Find these vines, plus other screening options such as arborvitae evergreen trees and shrubs at Countryside Flower Shop, Nursery & Garden Center (5301 E. Terra Cotta Ave., Crystal Lake, 815-459-8130, http://countrysideflowershop.com).
Global Yard Art
Add a unique imported sculpture to your yard such as a peaceful stone Buddha or mighty handcrafted metal bull available at Ginger Blossom (3016 Route 173, Richmond, 815-678-4015, www.gingerblossom.com).
A low-maintenance, relaxing bubbler can be created out of almost anything, boulders handpicked by the homeowner being among the most popular options. Find them at Whispering Hills Nursery (8401 Route 31, Cary, 847-658-5610, www.whisperinghillsnursery.com).
Stylish Garden Products
Find practical and beautiful handcrafted garden accents galore at Steel Heart Ltd. (208 W. Front St., Harvard, 815-943-3465, www.steelheartltd.com).