1. Help out the local environment by incorporating native species such as Pale Coneflower (Echinachea), a native species of our prairies.

    January 5, 2017 by MAX
    native echinacea is along lived and easy to grow native species, good for poliinators such as butterfly and bees,

    Pale echinachea or pale coneflower is an easy to grow native wildflower, found in our higher quality remnant prairies of the Midwest. Easy to plug into your sunny landscapes- good for native bees and butterflies.

     

    Native species require little if any fertilizer, little water (once established), no need for pesticides, and are a huge benefit for local and endangered insect and butterfly species- such as our imperiled monarch butterfly. Simply incorporate such species into a sunny bed in your yard. Contact us for further info.

     


  2. Destructive Pine sawflies on Mugho Pine in Wheaton Il. Contact certified arborist Ed Max for consultation on your trees and shrubs.

    December 21, 2015 by MAX
    Arborist Ed Max of West Chicago Il

    Pine sawfly can strip your mugho and scotch pine foliage. Feeding on last years foliage will leave the plants  looking ragged. Planting species that are not on the sawfly menu helps as does being on alert in early spring and removal before the damage is done. A hard spray of water, shaking the shrubs, or applying BT ( a natural bacteria)Contact certified arborist Ed Max through the contact us button above for advice on your landscapes soon.

     

     

     

     

     


  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

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    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. Monarda (red, newer cultivar)

    June 29, 2015 by MAX

    Of the mint family, so can be a bit aggressive, but worth the trouble. A spectacular perennial for the sunnier gardens and border beds. Seen here in an Oakbrook cottage garden. Also a magnet for hummingbirds and other pollinators.

    Contact us for landscape renovations and updated plantings. Seen here in an Oakbrook landscape: a cottage garden perennial.

    Perennial beds of Wheaton, ed max, landscaper in West Chicago, maxlandscape.com

    This modern cultivar of Red Monarda grew to 6′ this wet June of 2015. Quite impressive as it towers above the other perennials in this shade/sun bed!


  5. White Lady’s Slipper Orchid (Cypripedium can.)

    May 22, 2015 by MAX

    Another good year for these rare (threatened status in Ill.) orchids. I’ve had the uncommon chance to witness two large stands of these beauties in Dupage Co, and two days apart in two diff. areas!
    Fond of fens, and calcareous soils, these native orchids were once plentiful. Now, with few remnant prairies, we need to do all we can to protect their health through habitat quality, such as burning, and keeping invasive species at bay. Slow to reproduce, they also tend to get browsed by hungry deer.

    landscape design by ed max, maxlandscape.com,

    Wheaton native habitats, and landscapes, natural landscapes of the West Chicago area.


    Native landscapes of the western suburbs of Chicago are at your fingertips! Do not dig wild orchids. They can be bought from reputable on-line sources.
    Call us for landscape design services or for a quote to renovate your existing landscpaes and woodlands.


  6. Native perennials in this West Chicago Landscape. (Mertensia virg., Bluebells)

    May 5, 2015 by MAX
    native landscapes of West Chicago,  custom design and landscapes of Wheaton,  shade gardens of Winfield

    In this wooded garden ….the Bluebells are thriving and in full bloom on Cinco de Mayo 2015, West Chicago Il, 60185.

    Native landscapes and pathways made of wood. Seen here in the shade garden. Stone and pavers aee also well suited for a shade garden or native landscape.


  7. An eternal spring : April 2015

    April 30, 2015 by MAX
    Hinsdale and Oakbrook Il shade gardens and spring landscaping, landscaper Ed Max, landscape designer,  maxlandscape.com

    Daffodils, magnolias, bluebells, native spring ephemerals, all benefiting from the delayed warmth by holding their bll9ms longer than usual, such as seen in this Hinsdale Il shade garden. Many older vintage Hinsdale gardens and landscapes are shaded and nicely forested, and perfect for such naturalized species as see here:


  8. Paver walkways and landing, as part of an new Oak Park landscape

    April 16, 2015 by MAX

     

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    Oak Park Il vintage looking pavers utilized to compliment the new addition to the rear of this 110+ yr old home.

     

    Though not completed as of yet, we will eventually add in a new back paver walkway, a new lawn oval, plus a landscaped perimeter utilizing shade tolerant species, and many natives. The ribbon of  chocolate colored clay paver is called ‘Copthorne’, very reminiscent of the old street paver. Picks up the colors of the house quite nicely!

     

     

     

     


  9. Bloodroot: a native of fleeting beauty

    April 10, 2015 by MAX

     

     

     

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    A native wildflower – Bloodroot ( Sanguineria), has a bright daisy like bloom, very short bloom period, but well worth the effort to establish.

     

     

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    Just emerging native bloodroot, a wonderful addition to the early Shade garden

    Native wildflowers – also call ‘Spring Ephemerals, inhabit our better quality woodlands, especially oak woodlands, where these fleeting blooms have evolved under the boughs of oaks since the last of the glaciers receded some 10,000 years ago. Their moji is to sprout, bloom, germinate, collect energy for their reserves, and then decline to dormancy: all before the elaves fully emerge above! Whew! Hence the reason to get out into your local oak grove to witness their fleeting beauty!

     


  10. 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.