1. Witch-hazel ‘Jelena’ (Hammemalis med.), unusual, very early to bloom, so interesting!

    March 9, 2014 by MAX
    shrubs, trees, arborist , maxlandscape.com

    The earliest of any blooming plant in this West Chicago garden. Click on pic to  enlarge.

    A very cool plant- you will not find any other witch-hazel or other species of plant that blooms earlier, none! Fragrant too. And the bonus is that fabulous red/burgundy fall color!  Vase shaped habit, likes a bit of shade, growing to 8′ x 8′. One of Ed’s favorites!

     

     


  2. Oakbrook Landscape Projects: patio and water feature (pondless) phases seen below

    December 5, 2013 by MAX
     
    A water feature has all the effects of a pond, but without the open water. Attracts wildlife as well.

     

    Oakbrook landscaping pond, patios, stone walks

    Will need a year or two to fill in. Using low grow native dropseed grasses, juniper, geranium, thyme, Asters

     

    Oakbrook, Downers Grove Il, landscapes

    Natural stone added to this waterfall, pondless water featrure. Sedges (Carex) are a good choice, esp. if the area is moist.

     

     

     

     

     

     


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

    November 20, 2013 by MAX
    Ilex verticilata, maxlandscape.com, winfiled, il, west Chicago il wetland landscape

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