1. Witch-hazels abloom- mid January !!! ??? A tad early?

    January 27, 2020 by MAX

    Wow. I’ve always been aggaga come 1st sighting of something popping – usually late winter /early spring. But the first half of January? That’s a record sighting for me. In the Midwest we are lucky to get a few sprigs popping through the crusty earth and snow come late February- even Witch-hazels (Hammemalis x med. cultivars) (though they usually bloom in late winter in the Chicago region). But mid – January – this was a colorful surprise for me. I Cannot say enough about Witch hazels. Every garden should have a few! And great fall colors too. A warm and easy winter it has been to date!

    Ed Max, naturalist, cert. arborist, and landscape designer,  specialty in native species and native landscapes.
    a very cool and unusual sight in our natural woodlands on 1-14-20

    Witch- hazels add color to your landscapes and are a perfect fit for shade gardens, woodland beds, or under shade trees, and in the natural landscape setting. Pollinators will seek this beauty out on warmer winter days as well, so how cool is that?

    Now is the time to get thinking about the landscapes and perhaps a new garden design, or a few new trees for the yard. Consider Native landscapes, and native species too, for the benefit of insects and wildlife !

  2. West Chicago landscapes (a work in progress) with new retaining walls, brick paver (clay) sidewalks, and native and natural cut stone steps.

    January 23, 2016 by MAX

    Landscape company in West Chicago, Il, landscapers in Winfield, Il.

    A West Chicago landscape where Max landscape used natural clay pavers, and limestone natural stone steps.
    West Chicago landscaper Ed Max designed this natural landscape with new retaining walls, paver walks, steps and new plantings and design.


  3. Asimina: the native Pawpaw

    April 24, 2015 by MAX

    native trees, Ed max arborist, maxlandscape.com

    Of the custard family, and the only one of
    N A.. Highly edible fruit, long leaf, nice fall colors, a woodland denizen, forms colonies. To 20′.

    Seen here is its truly unusual maroon blossom. Takes two to cross pollinate!

    Site in :

    Full sun, part shade, in rich humus soils really helps.


  4. 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!


  5. 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

     


  6. A beach dwelling native of California

    March 3, 2014 by MAX

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    Ice plant in winter color along the coast of Ca south of Half-Moon-Bay