1. Hardy Cactus in the Chicagoland landscape. One of designer and naturalist Ed Max’s favorite native perennials; as seen in this Oak Park Il prairie landscape

    December 21, 2015 by MAX

    Opuntia (Prickly Pear cactus) is a native of sandier habitats within the Chicagoland Wilderness. Adding them into your drier, sunnier beds will add a blast of lemon yellow blooms in late spring, followed by the edible fruit in late summer. Super hardy, just averse to wet conditions, so placement is important.

    landscape with natives , Ed Max is an arborist, naturalist and landscape designer from Wheaton, and Naperville Il.

    Native, spiny, and edible cactus in the landscapes of West Chicago, and St. Charles. Landscape designer Ed Max uses this unusual native often. Easy to care for- just be sure its in a well drained and sunny location! This perennial can be  part of your drier locations too with little fuss.

    Bloom time: late spring , early summer. Easy to care for, just a bit spiny!

     

     


  2. Natural landscapes in Downers Grove Il and the suburban gardens come alive:

    April 7, 2014 by MAX
    landscape company in Oak Brook, Il

    Species crocus bloom quite early, and spread nicely (Oak Brook IL)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Species crocus, spring native wildflowers, daffodils, and aconites: all coming into bloom soon. The snows have finally gone, though there are STILL many areas here that are still frozen, but the bulbs have popped anyway!. The aconites have peaked by now, and the snowdrops are 6″ tall. Daffodils are up but need a warm day to pop. Soon!!!!

    Helebores are unfurling:

    Helebores, also called 'Lenten Rose', right on schedule!

    Helebores, also called ‘Lenten Rose’, right on schedule!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


  3. A woodland garden in Glen Ellyn flocked in snow; beautiful

    March 12, 2014 by MAX

    AND HOPEFULLY OUR LAST!

    What a lovely sight: a late season sticking snow- flocking every branch and trunk with it’s sticky white. This Glen Ellyn Il garden will erupt with a carpet of early wildflowers, and bulbs soon.

    Maxlandscape.com, Glen Elly landscapers,