1. A woodland garden in Glen Ellyn flocked in snow; beautiful

    March 12, 2014 by MAX

    AND HOPEFULLY OUR LAST!

    What a lovely sight: a late season sticking snow- flocking every branch and trunk with it’s sticky white. This Glen Ellyn Il garden will erupt with a carpet of early wildflowers, and bulbs soon.

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  2. Vintage landscapes, native stone, Oak Park, Il

    March 11, 2014 by MAX
    oak park landscapers, maxlandscape.com

    Utilized many of the existing plants to renovate this charming old home


  3. Stone walls and walkways: West Chicago landscape renovation, xeriscaping concepts

    February 12, 2014 by MAX
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    Pre- renovation. Greenery covered much of the front, and a tired block wall. HAD to go!

     

    landscaper, west chicago, st. charles, landscapes Geneva il

    the final product a year later. Xeriscaping used here (drought tolerant species for this hot south exposure, plus passive solar with a deciduous maple allowing full sun in winter- much needed shade in the heat of summer. Eventually casting shade on the sunniest part of the home.

     

     

     

     


  4. 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.

     


  5. Think Peonies for 2014

    November 30, 2013 by MAX

    Easy to care for, stunning in their infinite styles, shapes, and colors:’

    Seen here in West Chicago landscape, shade garden

    Tree peonies bloom once a year in Winfield , Wheaton Il gardens

    Nippon beauty - a single peony, does not flop in the rain!

    Nippon beauty – a single peony, does not flop in the rain!

    Naperville Il english garden plant, easy to grow!

    A coral colored peony- really incredible!