1. Hardy Cactus in the Chicagoland landscape. One of designer and naturalist Ed Max’s favorite native perennials; as seen in this Oak Park Il prairie landscape

    December 21, 2015 by MAX

    Opuntia (Prickly Pear cactus) is a native of sandier habitats within the Chicagoland Wilderness. Adding them into your drier, sunnier beds will add a blast of lemon yellow blooms in late spring, followed by the edible fruit in late summer. Super hardy, just averse to wet conditions, so placement is important.

    landscape with natives , Ed Max is an arborist, naturalist and landscape designer from Wheaton, and Naperville Il.

    Native, spiny, and edible cactus in the landscapes of West Chicago, and St. Charles. Landscape designer Ed Max uses this unusual native often. Easy to care for- just be sure its in a well drained and sunny location! This perennial can be  part of your drier locations too with little fuss.

    Bloom time: late spring , early summer. Easy to care for, just a bit spiny!

     

     


  2. 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!


  3. It’s almost spring! Time to consider the landscapes

    March 2, 2015 by MAX

    It is time to get thinking about the landscapes. Time is upon us to get moving on that outdated garden, that uneven patio, and that eyesore of a front landscape. You know what I mean. Late winter is the time to get things lined up-so when the spring weather finally (?) hits , you will be prepared to move. Give a call or shoot off that email now!                   WILL SPRING EVER COME? This has been one of the top three coldest, snowiest Februaries on record-crazy!

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    A sign of spring: the Winter aconite, which pops while the snow may still be present. Good for pollinators, given it’s early appearance. Though a non native, it will stay put in your woodland or perennial garden. Divide and move around while in bloom.

    Other early blooming plants for the garden: witch-hazels, forsythias, native wildflowers such as bloodroot, trillium, and violas, plus tulips, crocus, and hellebores.

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  4. Unique landscapes of the Fox Valley area:

    March 27, 2014 by MAX
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    Geneva, Il: White oak, sumacs, sedges,switchgrasses all make up this naturalistic landscape- even the stone is local!