1. Brighten up those darker areas with Annabelle Hydrangea, as in this Naperville landscape and shade garden.

    January 6, 2017 by MAX
    Shrubs for shade by Ed Max, landscape designs in Naperville Il,Naperville Il landscape company,

    A cultivar of the native Hydrangea arborescens, this beauty called Annabella Hydrangea has been around a while, but still fits it’s niche in a woodland or shade garden landscape.
    This Naperville landscape project had an emphasis on light colored blooms , and white flowers to light up a dark border bed, or liven up a moon garden. Seen here after dark, this shrub blooms in eatly to mid summer. The bloom fades to a green then brown as it dries.
    Simply cut back to knee high in late winter (important). Feeding is not necessary, just water when dru. That’s it. Easy to divide as well.
    One of our go to plants for shade gardens, naturalistic landscapes, and on terraced walls.


  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!

    Landscape design and landscape care in West Chicago. and Wheaton Il, Ed Max is a landscape designer and naturalist

    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.

    Glen Ellyn landscape designs  by  Ed Max and maxlandsscape.com

    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. 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


  4. Near record snow for the 2013-2014 winter in the Chicagoland region (close to 6′ to date)

    March 5, 2014 by MAX
    maxlandscape.com, native landscapes, wiheaton il

    To think that at this same time both last year and in 2012 we had bulbs such as Aconite in bloom by now

    Below: The garden a year earlier- and a only a month ahead of the pic above!

    maxlandscape.com, max's greener places

    And six weeks ahead of top pic…… ah…spring…bring it on!!!!!native gardens, woodlands, shade beds, wildflowers of Chicago IL

    Woodlands of West Chicago, Winfiled landscapes, woodland landscapes

     

    Aconites (non-native, but lovely all the same, and very early, naturalizes easily)

     

     

     

     


  5. Landscape design for 2014- now is the time to plan for spring,so give us a shout!

    December 12, 2013 by MAX

    We’d be happy to meet and  discus your landscape need: be it a new patio or a paver/brick driveway, garden walls, a new shade garden, or maybe an updated garden.  We also do consultation, and offer professional arborist advice. Click on photo.

    Shade gardens, Naperville Il, woodland gardens

    We incorporated sedges, grasses, lg. hostas, perennials, hydrangeas and more to this semi-shaded area. We first pulled many invasive shrubs such as buckthorn and honeysuckle