1. Natural landscaping, let us assist in creating or enhancing your woodland gardens or natural landscapes (West Chicago, Naperville, Glen Ellyn, Oak Park), using native plantings, natural shade gardens , stone pathways, garden rooms in the natural landscapes….

    March 11, 2020 by MAX
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    natural landscaping in West Chicago – this woodland garden…..filled with spring blooming native species, followed later with fern, hosta, and shrub layers.

    We specialize in natural landscapes, native species and shade gardens. Where possible- we first remove the invasive and unwanted growth, and create a natural landscape using species that offer color, and interest and a a beneficial lift for the local pollinators!

    A natural landscape is in many cases less energy intensive, and aside from some weeding, is maintenance free! Native and colorful bluebells here, plus orn allium, and white violets. For a natural landscape – get in touch soon

    Natural landscaping near Winfield, and Wheaton, Glen Ellyn

    Ed Max- natural landscaper, naturalist and arborist.

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    Springtime in the gardens of St. Charles , and early blooms of a vintage flower garden in Geneva Il, quite stunning.

  2. Custom Landscape designs in the Glen Ellyn and Wheaton Il areas: a classic landscape renovation for year-round interest and color….

    March 5, 2020 by MAX
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    Vintage and historic landscaping in Wheaton Il, and Glen Ellyn,

    It’s time to dust off those landscape plans, or start anew with new garden designs. Contact us soon for ideas on new outdoor living spaces, shade gardens , cottage gardens or a complete vintage landscape renovation- like see here in Wheaton Il on a famous Jarvis Hunt home. We used native plantings where possible plus many popular heirloom varieties from the early 1900’s when this classic home was built.

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    Historic home in Wheaton, Il., Vintage landscapes are now 5 yrs old, designed by Ed Max, Wheaton and West Chicago landscape designer

    Contact us today at hortusmax@gmail.com for a consultation.


  3. Liveliest colors in fall blooming aster, and pollinators love them all!

    September 25, 2017 by MAX

    New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae) is one of the Midwestern natives and late blooming. Showy purple blooms w an orange eye. Deer resistant too! Grows to 3 or 4 ft, good for background , rear of sun beds.

    Also very drought resistant. Bees love them, as do monarchs which seek out all aster for late season food source.

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    Late blooming native perennial, hardy, offers some of the best color in the late gardens.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Contact us soon for advice on late season colors, designs, and pollinator friendly habitats!

     

     

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  4. Dance of the Wood Betony (Pedicularis), a lovely parasitic native

    May 2, 2017 by MAX

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    Swirling beauty! This semi parasitic native of our higher quality prairies is quite a sight in spring.   Easily spotted when little else is in bloom in the prairie or oak savanna.

    • Not a plant easily obtained. Not recommended for most gardens – just a fun plant worth knowing and looking for while hiking.
    • Always buy native species (especially rarer types) from known and reputable growers. Never dig plants (such as betony), as they will most likely drop dead upon arrival to your gardens!
    • Inquire for plant lists and growers whom are local.
    • Designer Ed Max is also cert naturalist plus cert arborist, and designs many gardens , woodlands, and other properties (both traditional and naturalistic) and meshes native with non-native species for wonderful and varied garden and landscape!

  5. Native species for our native places (like that unsightly border you view out there)

    February 11, 2017 by MAX

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

    Natural landscapes, with Redbud, bluebells, native plants!

    How many borders do we all stare out at that LACK any sort of function or beauty? Suburbia is loaded with nasty untended and overgrown borders between properties. Full of mulberry (origin: China), Buckthorn (origin: Eurasia), Various honeysuckles (Origin: Asia). None of which do anything but cost monies to remove or maintain.

    Why not cut it out, plant in something worth looking at, AND benefits the local wildlife such as pollinators and monarchs, song birds etc? As I write the statistics bear out some grim news: monarch populations down 80 -90% in the last 25 years, hundreds of song birds- all on the decline.  YOU can help by renovating that border: plant in native shrubs, add a swath of native perennials and prairie species, even add some evergreen for screening (and cover for birds). It’s fun, and rewarding! Contact me for a list of native plants, for color, and healthful attributes for the birds and bees! Pictured is a red monarda in this Naperville landscape design.

    Native Naperville landscapes by Ed Max, maxlandscape.com

    Monarda hybrid (but still a native) is a true magnet for all pollinators, hummingbirds, and butterflys.                         Plant native species !

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Contact us for a list of beneficial trees, shrubs and native perennials for your gardens soon!

     

     

     


  6. Another landscape design and renovation in Oak Park, Il. by Max’s Greener Places

    January 29, 2017 by MAX

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    A view of this lovely home of Oak Park before we began the landscape design and renovations.

    50 yr old shrubs removed, new stone retaining walls added, plus new shrubs and perennials.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Landscape designs, and landscape renovations seen here after the tear out and stone wall construction in Oak Park.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Contact Ed for landscape ideas and consultations now!

     

     

     

     


  7. Japanese maples extend colors into late fall here in the West Chicago landscapes of Ed Max

    December 5, 2016 by MAX

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    Here on our wooded landscape, nothing comes close in intensity than autumnal foliage change of the Japanese maples. Providing that continuation of color in the landscapes here in West Chicago & Winfield region, and in your own landscapes. The small maple (Acer ) group are easy to grow, prefer deep rich soils and some protection from hot mid-day suns.

     

     


  8. 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.

     


  9. A unique (and vintage) landscape design and renovation

    February 8, 2016 by MAX

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    This was a fun project- we began with a clean slate here in leafy River Forest. Deep rich soils help to establish this varied palette of shrubs and perennials, seen here in its 3rd season.


  10. Snowdrops make an early winter appearance in this West Chicago wooded landscape!

    January 31, 2016 by MAX

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    West Chicago landscape with Snowdrops peeking through the snow as of late January of 2016!

     

    Landscaping in the woodlands and shaded areas can be challenging. With the right plant combos, there will be color from late winter through fall.

    Call or email now for a landscape consultation and design.