1. Witch-hazels: an overlooked shrub group

    March 31, 2019 by MAX

    The Witch-hazels are a fascinating group belonging to the family Hammemalis: found on several continents including North America with the fall blooming Hammemalis virginiana and the vernalis, a spring bloomer, both having a slight fragrance, both native to Illinois.

    A purple flowering type., seen in mid March.

    Photos here of blooms from plants at the Missouri Botanical Gardens and their extensive collection of Asian cross hybruds and a few cultivars from my own gardens here is West Chicago. . A fantastic and overlooked shrub group, with winter blooms, and fantrasitc fall colors. And an ideal plant for shade gardens and woodland setting, as they are understory species. Pollinators appreciate them as well!

    Missouri Botanical Gardens Witch-hazel collections
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    Native and ornamental witchhazels attract pollinators, especially important early in the season- as seen in this colorful landscape in West Chicago Wheaton area, see the hungry honeybee here. On March 12th.

    Hammemalis x Arnold Promise'
    Wonderful fall colors, with bright yellow blooms in winter!

    If you have that shade are and need a garden redo, now is the time to go!

    Landscape designs , woodland gardens, native species use, shade beds.



  2. An early spring perhaps? Seen here in a Wheaton Il shade garden in bloom, in the snow.

    March 5, 2016 by MAX

    A sight for sore eyes: this is one of many witch-hazels in our collections here. This winter blooming shrub adds serious color to an early winter garden! Hammemalis ‘Jelena’ with its fiery and fragrant bloom- seems out of place in the snow!

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    Winter colors in the garden. Seen here in a woodland landscape in West Chicago, Winfield area. Extend landscape colors and interests by diversifying shrub content. The bees too appreciate it!

     

    Excellent fall colors are another reason to plant the beautiful witch-hazels (Hammemalis sp.), easy to care for too, and tolerate (prefer) some shade and evenly moist, rich soils.

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    Seen in this Glen Ellyn shade landscape: a beautiful late winter- blooming shrub, bright yellow flower, excellent for the shadier gardens! Designs by Glen Ellyn landscaper Ed Max.

     


  3. The benefits of fire on this small remnant prairie in Carol Stream, Il, lit by naturalist Ed Max and crew of Max’s Greener Places

    December 21, 2015 by MAX

    caring for rare plants and controlled burns by Ed Max of West Chicago, Il., prairie plants and fire.

    Fire is the key ingredient to maintaining these few prairie remnants we have left in the Chicagoland area, like this one near Wheaton and Carol Stream IL,
    Experienced naturalist and landscape designer Ed Max led his team on this annual burn. As seen in this picture…it was a success!
    Fire keeps the invasives at bay, and recycles the old growth and debris.
    See maxlandcape.com for more on caring for your open spaces.

    Contact Ed Max for advice and ideas for your prairie, and adding native  species to your landscape palette.

     

     

     

     


  4. 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.

     

     

     

     

     

     


  5. 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).

     

     

     

     


  6. Arborist news: spring is prime time to plant trees

    March 6, 2015 by MAX

    Spring is the optimal time to plant trees, especially native species such as Bur oak (Quercus mac.), Red oak (Quercus rub.), Hackberry, Gingko, or Hickory. Many Trees are dug only in spring. So, for best selection, and to avoid selecting trees that have been above ground for too long-again, spring is best. Many woody trees and shrubs spend their winters setting root, in warm weather allocating energy above ground. With a few months to get settled, the new tree will have the winter to begin root development. We have a qualified arborist on staff that can help with selection and installation of your new investment!

    native trees of Dupage co, oaks of Winfield, Wheaton landscapes

    The state champion Bur oak of Mo. Approx. 250 + yrs old and  A giant! Recommended oak for our urban areas, does well with drought, pollutants etc  (click pic to see) Hannibal area.

     

    native trees, custom landscapes of Dupage county

    Old cedar trees: To think what these trees have witnessed over the eons!
    (native red cedar (Juniperus)


  7. 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!