1. Monarda (red, newer cultivar)

    June 29, 2015 by MAX

    Of the mint family, so can be a bit aggressive, but worth the trouble. A spectacular perennial for the sunnier gardens and border beds. Seen here in an Oakbrook cottage garden. Also a magnet for hummingbirds and other pollinators.

    Contact us for landscape renovations and updated plantings. Seen here in an Oakbrook landscape: a cottage garden perennial.

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    This modern cultivar of Red Monarda grew to 6′ this wet June of 2015. Quite impressive as it towers above the other perennials in this shade/sun bed!


  2. White Lady’s Slipper Orchid (Cypripedium can.)

    May 22, 2015 by MAX

    Another good year for these rare (threatened status in Ill.) orchids. I’ve had the uncommon chance to witness two large stands of these beauties in Dupage Co, and two days apart in two diff. areas!
    Fond of fens, and calcareous soils, these native orchids were once plentiful. Now, with few remnant prairies, we need to do all we can to protect their health through habitat quality, such as burning, and keeping invasive species at bay. Slow to reproduce, they also tend to get browsed by hungry deer.

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    Wheaton native habitats, and landscapes, natural landscapes of the West Chicago area.


    Native landscapes of the western suburbs of Chicago are at your fingertips! Do not dig wild orchids. They can be bought from reputable on-line sources.
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  3. Native perennials in this West Chicago Landscape. (Mertensia virg., Bluebells)

    May 5, 2015 by MAX
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    In this wooded garden ….the Bluebells are thriving and in full bloom on Cinco de Mayo 2015, West Chicago Il, 60185.

    Native landscapes and pathways made of wood. Seen here in the shade garden. Stone and pavers aee also well suited for a shade garden or native landscape.


  4. An eternal spring : April 2015

    April 30, 2015 by MAX
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    Daffodils, magnolias, bluebells, native spring ephemerals, all benefiting from the delayed warmth by holding their bll9ms longer than usual, such as seen in this Hinsdale Il shade garden. Many older vintage Hinsdale gardens and landscapes are shaded and nicely forested, and perfect for such naturalized species as see here:


  5. Asimina: the native Pawpaw

    April 24, 2015 by MAX
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    Of the custard family, and the only one of
    N A.. Highly edible fruit, long leaf, nice fall colors, a woodland denizen, forms colonies. To 20′.

    Seen here is its truly unusual maroon blossom. Takes two to cross pollinate!

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    Full sun, part shade, in rich humus soils really helps.


  6. Lenten Rose (Helebores), right on schedule

    April 7, 2015 by MAX
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    This beauty….just before Easter in a Naperville perennial garden….in bloom….hence the name….Lenten Rose.

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    Hardy clump – forming, long lived Helebores. Seen in this Geneva Il perennial landscape, cottage garden.

     

    These special Shade gardens of Geneva Il hold Lg quantities of very old Helebores, which naturalize over time.

     

     

     

     

     

     


  7. Early blooming plants in the late winter landscapes of West Chicago and Wheaton area.

    March 13, 2015 by MAX
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    Native and ornamental witchhazels attract pollinators, which is especially important early in the season for these hungry bees, as seen in this colorful landscape in West Chicago Wheaton area. Seen… the hungry honeybee here……and  On March 12th.!!!

    Seen: Hammemalis ‘Arnold’s Promise’

     

     

    Landscape design services ( Glen Ellyn, Wheaton,  Winfield,  West Chicago, Lisle, Geneva gardens, St. Charles Il)  focusing on your likes and needs. Contact us now, the gardens as seen here have started popping! !!

    Spring cleaning up and mulch time too!

    * (for the record…1st blooms seen on 3/10 in this Midwestern woodland garden).

     

     

     

     


  8. Spring ephemerals in bloom (Glen Ellyn Il): Dutchman’s Breeches (Dicentra), good for the woodland landscape

    April 20, 2014 by MAX
    A native of delicate beauty, and a bit rare these days in the landscapes and open spaces of the Chicagoland area. A relative of bleeding heart (a perennial non-native)
    Shade gardens, landscapes of glen ellyn, il

    A native of delicate beauty, and a bit rare these days in the landscapes and open spaces of the Chicagoland area. A relative of bleeding heart (a perennial non-native)

     


  9. What’s in bloom: April ephemerals (Bloodroot) in West Chicago Il

    April 11, 2014 by MAX

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Once thought to have medicinal properties, quite toxic.

     

    Many parts of this fleeting beauty are toxic. The root exudes a red-orange juice, once used for dyes, and the plant was used for many medicinal applications. There is on-going  research as to it’s possible benefits. Once pollinated – all gone, sometimes in as little as a few days. Great attractant for early pollinators!


  10. What’s in bloom in a Wheaton Il landscape: An early naturalizer worth knowing

    April 3, 2014 by MAX
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    A Wheaton Il shot of a non native but lovely bulb called an aconite.

    And it is called Aconite. Winter aconite to some. Spreads in the wooded garden, very early to emerge, usually in bloom by mid March.