1. Perennials for spring color , Wheaton, Il landscapes, shade beds

    April 30, 2015 by MAX
    cottage gardens, English gardens of Wheaton,  il

    Never enough of this lovely perennial in spring! Hardy, easy to grow, some sun, some shade. Hummingbird magnet!


  2. An eternal spring : April 2015

    by MAX
    Hinsdale and Oakbrook Il shade gardens and spring landscaping, landscaper Ed Max, landscape designer,  maxlandscape.com

    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:


  3. peak bloom period in a West Chicago Spring Garden

    April 25, 2015 by MAX

  4. Asimina: the native Pawpaw

    April 24, 2015 by MAX
    native trees, Ed max arborist, maxlandscape.com

    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.


  5. Fire in the natural landscape: essential

    April 16, 2015 by MAX
    native lanndscapes and management by Ed max, maxlandscape.com

    An incredible remnant patch of virgin prairie, smack dab in the middle of an otherwise drab and industrialized area next to a very old pioneer cemetery.

     

    Fire, herbicide and labor are the only things we have to save gems filled with a rare habitat such as this virgin patch of prairie. Without intervention, this prairie would be overrun with invasive species, thus shading out the incredible array of plant species that can be found in St. Stephens Prairie, near the cemetery. Not often do we find a patch of undisturbed land from the 1800’s and perhaps long before that!

     

     


  6. Paver walkways and landing, as part of an new Oak Park landscape

    by MAX

     

    landscapes and patios design, oak park, il, maxlandscape.com

    Oak Park Il vintage looking pavers utilized to compliment the new addition to the rear of this 110+ yr old home.

     

    Though not completed as of yet, we will eventually add in a new back paver walkway, a new lawn oval, plus a landscaped perimeter utilizing shade tolerant species, and many natives. The ribbon of  chocolate colored clay paver is called ‘Copthorne’, very reminiscent of the old street paver. Picks up the colors of the house quite nicely!

     

     

     

     


  7. Bloodroot, woodland garden native

    April 12, 2015 by MAX
    landscaping with maxs greener places, Ed max, landscape design in St. Charles woodlands

    Another shot of this beauty! BLOODROOT 


  8. Bloodroot: a native of fleeting beauty

    April 10, 2015 by MAX

     

     

     

    native plants, in a woodland landscape of West Chicago Il, maxlandscape.com,  Ed Max arborist, landscape design in Wheaton, Il

    A native wildflower – Bloodroot ( Sanguineria), has a bright daisy like bloom, very short bloom period, but well worth the effort to establish.

     

     

    landscape design near West Chicago and Wheaton il,

    Just emerging native bloodroot, a wonderful addition to the early Shade garden

    Native wildflowers – also call ‘Spring Ephemerals, inhabit our better quality woodlands, especially oak woodlands, where these fleeting blooms have evolved under the boughs of oaks since the last of the glaciers receded some 10,000 years ago. Their moji is to sprout, bloom, germinate, collect energy for their reserves, and then decline to dormancy: all before the elaves fully emerge above! Whew! Hence the reason to get out into your local oak grove to witness their fleeting beauty!

     


  9. Lenten Rose (Helebores), right on schedule

    April 7, 2015 by MAX
    maxlandscape.com landscapers in Downers Grove, landscape company in Naperville Il

    This beauty….just before Easter in a Naperville perennial garden….in bloom….hence the name….Lenten Rose.

    landscape company of West Chicago 60185, Ed max, naturalist, and arborist of Winfield Il

    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.