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We at Kemora take pride in the spaces we create…

…right down to the minute details. It’s a passion fueled by a personal trait each one of us shares in common—creativity. Not just in the landscape, but in the arts, writing, car detailing, and more. Our love of individually tinkering, testing, and discovering informs and hones skills useful in a variety of creative ways.

And that’s what we love about our people. It is a love we try to nurture within ourselves and each other, whether it’s going to see a coworker’s band or tuning into another coworker’s podcast. Because we understand that our passions are not just about blowing off steam or getting the creative juices flowing, but about the connections they bring to ourselves, our working community, and our world.

In the coming weeks and months, Kemora will release posts related to two new categories—PLANT PROFILES and PEOPLE PROFILES. In PEOPLE PROFILES, we will highlight the faces of Kemora in our designers, carpenters, office administrators, crew leaders, and more. We love creating spaces that matter, and we’re excited to share with you what drives us most!


Learning to love plants trains the eye for trouble-shooting…


In our second category, PLANT PROFILES, learning the varied landscape types and the plants that inhabit them informs a designer’s hand. Get to know enough plants and you’ll see patterns emerge—the likelihood of foliage or flower color in certain lighting conditions, the likely habit of a plant in certain water conditions, etc. But one pattern in particular is the most useful in a designer’s toolbox: classifying plants in terms of their size and ornamental value.

When assessing a site, your designer will note the sun exposure and access to water, as well as your personal design aesthetic and color palette. There’s a lot of plants in this world, so these all help narrow down the list to appropriate plant selections. And to ensure there’s a satisfying mix of elements in the landscape, your designer will call upon these 14 categories where appropriate.

LARGE TREE ORNAMENTAL TREE LARGE FLOWER SHRUB MID-FLOWERING SHRUB LOW-SPREADING SHRUB UPRIGHT EVERGREEN LOW-SPREADING EVERGREEN
FLOWERING PERENNIAL FOLIAGE PERENNIAL UPRIGHT ORNAMENTAL GRASS SHRUB-LIKE ORNAMENTAL GRASS FLOWERING GROUNDCOVER EVERGREEN GROUNDCOVER VINE

PLANT PROFILES will explore each of these categories before getting more in-depth with the most common plant species Kemora designers use. Information found on Google is not always precise as it is an aggregate of information from around the world—so we want to share our observations from years of getting our hands dirty in the Second City. We love plants which in turn gives us a trained eye for trouble-shooting them. And it is our hope you will come to love them too!

Kemora Landscapes is a full-service design, build, and maintenance company based in Chicago.

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