1. A Beautiful and Beneficial landscape project in Oak Park Il : a low-grow prairie with over 4 dozen native species and counting…..plus a water garden (to keep the run-off on site)

    March 1, 2020 by MAX
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    a year in….

    What a response it has been (from the community AND the local wildlife) !!!

    As we thought trough this landscape installation, we had to think native, but lower growth height- to as not to impede visual clearance etc, as well as much thought going into species diversification, colors and bloom time. Species include 6 diiferent clumpoing grases (dropseed (Sporobolus, Little blues etc) plus wetland species (we diverted the gutters to a swale/water garden) like Lobelias, sedges etc, along with many native savanna blooming species to maximize great colors plus pollinator friendly species offering nectar and seedheads.

    The best time to get new landscapes installed is early to mid season- so contact us today for a consultation! Ed Max will stop by to see you.


  2. 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!

  3. Natural stone beauty of the Shawnee, deep in So Il.

    March 30, 2015 by MAX

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    One of many natural rock cascades: this one near the old stone fort, within Giant City   S. P., on a fine, early spring day in March!

     

    Landscape season is upon us, finally!