1. Scarlet Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja coc.)

    October 8, 2014 by MAX
    Native plants, landscape species, natural landscapes of beaver island, ed max, naturalist

    A semi-parasitic plant, uncommon, with fiery foliage (not blooms) in late summer

     

     

     


  2. Fall colors enhance our lives and our landscapes!

    October 7, 2014 by MAX

    fall clors by max's greener places, landscape desogn in Wheaton, Il

    The autumnal colors of the Midwest are sadly missing from most landscapes. Max’s Greener Places wants to put a little color back into the landscapes using native shrubs and trees. Our landscape designs always incorporate some plant varieties such as one of the many sumacs, serviceberry, maples, ginkgo, Japanese maples, some of the grasses, and even the foliage of select perennials can be awesome late in the landscape season. .
    Fall colors – with proper plant selection, can rival spring with all its’ natural and outstanding beauty!

  3. Patio installation (replacement) and landscaping in West Chicago

    October 6, 2014 by MAX
    maxlandscape.com, landscapers of west chciago, stone and brick patios , paver and brick walkeways, landscape design, Ed Max, West Chicago, Il,

    This product used for new patios and walkways is called ‘Avante Ashalr’ installed by Max’s Greener Places (maxlandscape.com,), a landscape project in West Chicago, Winfield area, new patio and landscaping to follow

    patio and stone design, outdoor landscaping, maxlandscape.com

    old patio made of mortared brick, was a mess,

    Fall 2014, this old decrepit patio has fallen apart, so it was torn out, new walls went in

     

     

     

    patios and landscaping by max's greener palces

    The faux stone (looks like flagstone) went up followed by the new paver patio.

     

     

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  4. Rare orchids of the prairies

    September 9, 2014 by MAX
    Native plants, landscaping, west chicago il, ed max, arborist

    White Ladies Slipper Orchid: quite rare and quite fleeting was my moment with these incredible beauties!


  5. Unique landscapes & garden designs that include native species, heirlooms

    March 10, 2014 by MAX

    native landscapes, maxlandscape.com

    Native white oak, sumac, switch grasses, sedges, plus geranium and nepetas  as seen in this sun-drenched, dry xeriscape.  Even the stone is local!

    native landscsapes, designs by max's greener places


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

    February 12, 2014 by MAX
    landscapers, west chicago, maxlandscape.com

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

     

    landscaper, west chicago, st. charles, landscapes Geneva il

    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. 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.

     


  8. Whats in bloom: Native Downy Sunflower (Helianthus moll.)

    August 27, 2013 by MAX

    This late season prairie plant has downy grey-green foliage, and tends to colonize over time. Bloom time is late summer, and is a major draw for pollinators. A good plant all around, esp. in the back of the garden, or in the natural landscapes as seen here in West Chicago, Il.

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