1. An uncommon shrub from a snappy Naperville garden

    January 31, 2014 by MAX

    Naperville il landscape design

    Bottlebrush buckeye (Aesculus parv.)     click on pic to view

    A fantastic shrub for the woodland garden, or the shaded borders. Mounding habit to 10′ x 10′ or more.  Luminous white blooms in mid-summer makes this uncommon shrub a stand-out. Also clear yellow fall color as a bonus!  A must have- as seen here in a mature landscape in Naperville Il.

     


  2. Wetland combinations only Mother Nature can create:

    January 16, 2014 by MAX

    BUT, there is no reason why we cannot imitate! Here we see a native stand of Skunk cabbage (Symplocarpus)  and Marsh marigold (Caltha) thriving in a wetland setting in spring. If you have an area that remains wet (even standing water), this combo of incredible and rather rare plant species will thrive, in a wooded area or in full to part shade. Wetland plantings attract numerous species of insects and butterflies, and retention of water on the property great as it slows the flow of waters, and filters through the vegetation. CLICK on the picture to enhance view.

     

    Rain gardens, native wetlan plants, maxlandscape.com
    What a sight after a long winter. Skunk cabbage is known to literally ‘melt’ it’s way through the snows of late March to access sunlight. Here we see a mid April setting , with the Marsh marigold in full bloom. Attracts bees and early pollinators when little else in in bloom so early.

     


  3. Garden Structures (functional or not) can lend to the scenery and enhance the landscape.

    January 7, 2014 by MAX

    Natural landscapes enhanced by the bridge, maxlandscape.com

    Functional as well as handsome. Made from native materials found on site.

    Structures in the garden can add interest and aid in drawing the eye to a part of the garden that might otherwise go unnoticed. Here we have a naturalistic wooden bridge- functional too, spanning a wetland and  made from materials found on sight: limbs &  lg logs from rot-resistant species such as Black Locust (Robinia), Walnut, and Oak. Not only do bridges, sheds, or scultpures add color and folly, but also give the landscapes an additional line of sight and can help pull it all together!