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Issue Date: April 2007 Issue


Best Use of Color

Exterior Services Ltd.
Honor
Exterior Services Ltd. of Beachwood, through its landscaping efforts, transformed Eton Chagrin Boulevard from a mundanemini-mall into a stunning, vibrant regional district attraction.Colorful pots, garden art and floral displays usher shoppersinto the property. At the east entrance, two garden areas featureperennials and shrubs with new color combinations borderingthe beds each year. Baskets hanging from the lamppostsand sculpture pieces add colorful visual appeal. Umbrella tablesand soft seating lend the look of a secluded backyard, providingwelcome respite from shopping and a distraction from theparking lot. Garden elements are obvious throughout, affordingcolor and movement to an otherwise uninspiring space. Antiquebenches, rustic glazed pottery, an Indonesian antique bicyclecoach and a Mexican pot collection grace the area, further enhancingthe visual appeal of the space. Lobelia, 'Queen Victoria,'plectranthus 'Silver Seas,' ageratuum Alto Blue' and hydrangea Kyusu' border "Kissing in the Garden," a local artist's sculpture.A variety of eye-catching garden elements become apparent asshoppers stroll from store to store. Adirondack chairs contributeto the garden atmosphere.

American Beauty Landscaping
Merit
American Beauty Landscaping of Boardman helped thesenew homeowners achieve their wish of being the first inthe neighborhood with colorful plants in the spring and attractive, colorful landscaping into the fall. Beds were designedto allow for the addition of colorful perennials and annuals. Blues and whites establish the color scheme around the home's perimeter with blue flowering mint, Kousa dogwood and petuniacreating the desired effect. Potted annuals and tropicalsadd a Southern feel during the summer months while mums,pumpkins, cornstalks and straw signal the change of season.

The Weidner Group
Merit
The Weidner Group of North Ridgeville brought the colorsof Holland to the 2006 Home and Garden Show with its 250-foot by 95-foot display at the show's main entrance. Withthree weeks to complete the display and a tight budget, TheWeidner Group introduced signature elements of Holland todrive home its concept. Two windmills served as the backdropfor the garden while more than 16,000 tulip bulbs brought thepicture to life. A canal and lock added the European effect tothe garden.


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