1. Native trees of Illinois: The Famous White oak of McNab Illinois. The State Champion oak tree – and what a tree it is!

    January 18, 2019 by MAX
    White oak state champion tree seen by Ed Max in McNab Il, SW of Starved Rock.
    An incredible specimen. And the photo does not do justice. This White Oak 
    (native to Illinois and the Midwest ) is the largest of its species, 
    nearly 120 ft across!
    The white oak is a durable oak, and can grow to immense size as
    seen here. White oak or Quercus alba has a small acorn, and helps
    to support 100’s of species ; from mammals to fungi, to insects.
    And important species that we should be using much more in our
    urban and suburban landscapes, where space allows.
    A species for the future:
    As the climate continues to warm, the White oak may be a suitable landscape tree (native to the south), able to tolerate a tougher, drier, warmer climate going forward.





    Plant an oak today! Call Arborist Ed Max to set up a consultation on caring for your oaks, or for installing a few new red, bur or white oak, in your landscapes.


  2. Naperville Landscapes: restorations

    April 15, 2014 by MAX

    replacement steps with limestone

    replaced wooden steps with limestone blocks, patio installed with ‘ Brussels Blocks’ and garden walls made of flagstone

     


  3. Naperville Il landscape design, Landscaping in Naperville, Il.

    April 3, 2014 by MAX

    Landscaper in Naperville, Il, maxlandscape.com, Ed Max, Paver walkways, brick patios

    We have an extensive clientele in Naperville and  the surrounding area. Call us or email to see our references and to see examples of our work go to   Maxlandscape.com

     


  4. A Naperville cottage garden

    March 10, 2014 by MAX

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    All mixed perennial patches need updating from time to time.

    A proper cottage garden begins with the setting: a charming home, a sun filled area, and a variety of plantings and bloom times. With all these ingredients- we have a chance to make something special!

     

     


  5. And you thought YOUR trees were too tall or too close to the house?

    February 28, 2014 by MAX
    Massive 100’+ REDWOOD   Must have been planted sometime after this Napa res. was built? And to think- It’s only a youngster. Another 1000 years to go? 🙂

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    Coastal Redwood (Sequoia semp.)

     


  6. Stone walls and walkways: West Chicago landscape renovation, xeriscaping concepts

    February 12, 2014 by MAX

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    Pre- renovation. Greenery covered much of the front, and a tired block wall. HAD to go!

     

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    the final product a year later. Xeriscaping used here (drought tolerant species for this hot south exposure, plus passive solar with a deciduous maple allowing full sun in winter- much needed shade in the heat of summer. Eventually casting shade on the sunniest part of the home.

     

     

     

     


  7. An uncommon shrub from a snappy Naperville garden

    January 31, 2014 by MAX

    Naperville il landscape design

    Bottlebrush buckeye (Aesculus parv.)     click on pic to view

    A fantastic shrub for the woodland garden, or the shaded borders. Mounding habit to 10′ x 10′ or more.  Luminous white blooms in mid-summer makes this uncommon shrub a stand-out. Also clear yellow fall color as a bonus!  A must have- as seen here in a mature landscape in Naperville Il.

     


  8. Wetland combinations only Mother Nature can create:

    January 16, 2014 by MAX

    BUT, there is no reason why we cannot imitate! Here we see a native stand of Skunk cabbage (Symplocarpus)  and Marsh marigold (Caltha) thriving in a wetland setting in spring. If you have an area that remains wet (even standing water), this combo of incredible and rather rare plant species will thrive, in a wooded area or in full to part shade. Wetland plantings attract numerous species of insects and butterflies, and retention of water on the property great as it slows the flow of waters, and filters through the vegetation. CLICK on the picture to enhance view.

     

    Rain gardens, native wetlan plants, maxlandscape.com
    What a sight after a long winter. Skunk cabbage is known to literally ‘melt’ it’s way through the snows of late March to access sunlight. Here we see a mid April setting , with the Marsh marigold in full bloom. Attracts bees and early pollinators when little else in in bloom so early.

     


  9. 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


  10. Ilex vert., common name : Winterberry. Excellent choice for wet areas of your yard!

    November 20, 2013 by MAX

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    The berry of this hardy and native holly can come in many colors.