1. Buttonbush (a native shrub for wet areas) Oakbrook landscape and wetland seen:

    February 26, 2017 by MAX

    And (as seen here), a butterfly magnet. Cool bloom in summer, drab yellow in fall. Masses in sunnier wets and you’re on to something interesting and beneficial to the local pollinators . Landscape with natives, as seen in this Oak Brook landscape  and wetland area.

    Bee gardens, native plantings by Ed Max, arborist and naturalist.

    In this Oakbrook landscape project we added wetland tolerant and native species, plus more traditional species- all of which help out the local butterfly and insect populations. Call for a native or Bee garden today!

     

    Contact us soon for a design, or consultation and list of native species for your gardens!

     


  2. A Glen Ellyn landscape design- adds color and privacy to this outdoor living space (3 yrs aft)

    January 21, 2016 by MAX

     

    • Glen Ellyn Il landscape design: showing a small raised bed which encloses this  outdoor patio space and pergola. We used many low maint. native species plus the ever-blooming ‘Rosanne’ Geranium, and Peach ‘Drift’ Rose. A colorful palette of plants to be sure- in this landscape for seasonal color and winter interest.
    • Natural stone walls were built to hold the new planting to compliment this vintage Glen Ellyn residence
    • Perennials and native species selected for their hardiness and drought tolerance.
    • Color year-round with varied species

     

     

    Landscape company in Glen Ellyn, and Wheaton, Lombard landscapes, patios and stone walls by Ed Mx

    An outdoor living space and Glen Ellyn landscape make over & design by Max’s Greener Places. Utilizing native species and grasses ( important for many reasons- CONTACT us to learn more), plus many perennials are seen,  DRIFT roses and juniper for winter cover.

     

     


  3. Ancient white pine of the U.P. of MI. (the Porkies). White pine in the landscapes of the Midwest.

    October 28, 2015 by MAX

    Within part of a lg swath of old growth forest dwells giants:
    white pine (P.strobus) at 150 ft.n 400 year plus yrs old, 300 yr old Hemlock (Tsuga can.), Massive Yellow birch,Striped maple, and majestic Sugar maples.
    Seen here along the Little Carp Trail Fall 2015

    native pines in our landscapes of the Wheaton area, vergreens and poine are important parts of a good landscape design

    150 ft plus 400 yr old + white pine pinus strobus


  4. Potting up bulbs for spring color in the landscapes

    February 28, 2015 by MAX

    Potting up bulbs on a late February day. Sunny, but crazy, cold day !!!  Bulbs can sit unplanted, (but kept cold), and from my experience – once potted up, bloom nicely anyway. I prefer to pot my daffodils,  then set into the woodland shade gardens where I see fit and to fill in. Besides…

    Potting up up the bulbs. A bit late, but we'll see!

    A before shot- March 1

    Most of us cannot remember where they are needed until spring when things are in bloom anyways. I frequently plant on top of other plants that are not visible! So, give it a try- pot them up, force them early, then plant out where needed!

     


  5. What’s in bloom: April ephemerals (Bloodroot) in West Chicago Il

    April 11, 2014 by MAX

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Once thought to have medicinal properties, quite toxic.

     

    Many parts of this fleeting beauty are toxic. The root exudes a red-orange juice, once used for dyes, and the plant was used for many medicinal applications. There is on-going  research as to it’s possible benefits. Once pollinated – all gone, sometimes in as little as a few days. Great attractant for early pollinators!


  6. 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!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


  7. Outdoor living, patio design and walkway installation. click on photos to enlarge

    March 17, 2014 by MAX
    Southern Hinsdale, on the lake.

    Lakefront (Hindsdale Il) natural stone staircase eases the transition to the lower portion of the yard (lake not seen).

    Call soon for a consultation and quote!

    maxlandscape paver patios, max's greener places patios

    Quite the look: a vintage – appearing paver from Unilock called ‘Copthorne’, one of Ed Max’s favorites

    New stone steps, new landing, walkway, drive all made of pavers, lg. unilock product, and natural stone streps.

    A new stone walk, landing and porch; all made of mortared stone plus lg.  Unilock pavers. A new landscaping gives a nice pop in this sunny southern facing drought tolerant garden, using many native species. West Chicago, Winfield, Wheaton area

    Spring is upon us- time to plan for that new brick paver or natural stone patio and walkways. Drop us a note to get a unique design & quote today!

     

     


  8. Native Bloodroot – soon to appear

    March 12, 2014 by MAX

    We can’t wait for this snow to melt. One reason, is that when the soils are exposed to the sun in a woodland garden, Bloodroot, and many other very early spring ephemerals emerge-and quickly, before the trees leaf out. We here at Max’s Greener Places and maxlandscape.com try to incorporate native species into the landscape where at all possible. Reasons are: beneficial for all poliinators (many of which are on the decline), no need for additional water once established, and for their incredible beauty!

    Bloodroot  (Sanguniaria can).red juice from the root. Was utilized by native Americans in many ways.

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    A native of our northern hardwoods and used in our landscape designs at maxlandscape.com , seen in Glen Ellyn, Wheaton shade gardens

     


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

    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,