1. Landscape design Geneva Il, stone and pavers Geneva Il

    April 1, 2014 by MAX
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    Patios and fireplace added to this backyard outdoor living, Geneva il, and Glen Ellyn, Il

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  2. Witch-hazel ‘Jelena’ (Hammemalis med.), unusual, very early to bloom, so interesting!

    March 9, 2014 by MAX
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    The earliest of any blooming plant in this West Chicago garden. Click on pic to  enlarge.

    A very cool plant- you will not find any other witch-hazel or other species of plant that blooms earlier, none! Fragrant too. And the bonus is that fabulous red/burgundy fall color!  Vase shaped habit, likes a bit of shade, growing to 8′ x 8′. One of Ed’s favorites!

     

     


  3. Landscaping: West Chicago Il landscape renovation

    March 6, 2014 by MAX

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    We would remove the old concrete walks to replace, along with all the old block walls and shrubs.

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    The rich clay paver color complimented the house nicely!, also used Estate wall stones and caps for the walls.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    2011-12-06 11.03.15           Final look- though it is fall and the landscapes are dormant, this front yard has a much improved appearance.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


  4. Oak Park /River Forest Landscapes:

    February 13, 2014 by MAX
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    Utilized many of the existing plants to renovate this charming old home

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    another vintage landscape utilizing native and vintage plants, plus new intros, all to create a colorful and lively landscape

    We are the design/landscapers that have been creating wonderful, and fun landscape settings in Oak Park for years:

     


  5. An uncommon shrub from a snappy Naperville garden

    January 31, 2014 by MAX

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    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.

     


  6. 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!

     


  7. Seasonal clean ups from Max’s Greener Places, West Chicago, Winfield, Wheaton

    December 6, 2013 by MAX

     

    Fall or winter clean ups, including trimming of beds, and lawn clean up have been happening for some time,slowly- but what a tough fall it has been! If you are still in need, or want to schedule a spring clean up, or a consultation on winter corrective pruning of trees and shrubs- do email or call soon to schedule. We can set up now so we are ready when the time is right. We prefer to use the ground leaf mulch to insulate the beds, and the tender plants such as roses. Keeping the free gift – your leaves  (ground, organic leaf mulch) on site makes sense: good for the earth, good for the earthworms, good for the roots of your plantings, and it’s saving you the cost of hauling it away!                   Next year- keep it on site. CLICK on any pic to enlarge.

    Landscape maintenance, lawn care, fall clean up, West Chicago, Il,

    What a mess!  Fall clean up time, winter is a good time to asses,  prune, plan for spring.


  8. The peril of our beloved Monarch

    November 30, 2013 by MAX

    PLANT, PRESERVE AND ADVOCATE FOR THE MILKWEED FAMILY (Aesculus),

    WHY?

     

    This plant family is the the only lifeline for the endangered Monarch butterfly. On it’s migration northward from the depleted forests where it winters to the wind-swept prairies of the Southwest, to the monoculture cornfields of the Midwest; the monarch is not doing well. And then there it the MONSANTO monster called ‘BT’ ready corn. This genetically altered corn hybrid creates pollen that, once adrift, kills all larvae, including that of the monarch butterfly. So, there you have it. In a decade or two, you may only see images of monarchs on a site like this. Let’s hope not.

    milkweed, (aesculus syriaca

    Fragrant, draws all osrts of unusual bugs, and of course-the Monarchs, which will lay eggs on this plant

    They may rebound.  But it is not looking so swell. From record populations (in Mexico during winter) in the hundreds of millions  documented for a millennia, to a paltry few million or less this year is alarming, as seen (or not) in the forests on one small but important area near central Mexico. There too the problems for this fragile creature are present: illegal logging.  Though slowed and perhaps even stopped, the damage has been done. It seems that the lack of dense forest cover in the mountains where they used to ‘ drape the trees’, has thus allowed colder temperature to penetrate- and a few winters have had devastating results.

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    Monarch larvae on a milkweed plant seen in one the natural areas near Chicago .


  9. Ilex vert., common name : Winterberry. Excellent choice for wet areas of your yard!

    November 20, 2013 by MAX
    Ilex verticilata, maxlandscape.com, winfiled, il, west Chicago il wetland landscape

    The berry of this hardy and native holly can come in many colors.


  10. Landscape design and renovations: winter is a good time to begin the process. Get in touch!

    November 19, 2013 by MAX
     
    Now is a fine time to consider a fresh garden design ;  plan a spring and summer collection for the wooded garden, or a more traditional design, with pavers, flagstone pathways, perhaps a water feature and landscape lighting? Call us @ Max’s Greener Places, maxlandscape.com, ask for Ed Max, designer, cert, arborist, and natutralist
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    the best colors can be seen in the early wildflower garden,

    shade gardens, native trees, maxlandscape.com, west Chicago, Il

     

    Mid summer  woodlands: fern, hemlocks, maxlandscape.com, magnolias of /chicagoland, native wildflowers, West Chicago, IL, Geneva, Il.,

    Shade beds, native wildflowers of our woodlands, low maint. ,

    Natural landscapes, with Redbud, magnolias, bluebells, native plants