1. River Forest Landscape renovations of spring, let’s change that garden design!

    March 4, 2018 by MAX



    landscaping with natives, natural designs by max

    Landscape renovations as we redid this River Forest gem, using perennials, buckeye, asters, roses, and native species, and grasses, oak trees too.


    Spring is here- let us know if you are in need of clean ups, corrective pruning, light tree care,

    consultation on that new landscape design!

  2. Great Fritillaries of the woodland gardens, mingling with native bluebells , A Downers Grove shade garden teeming with shade plants, native species, and bulbs , designed by Ed Max, Max’s Greener Places

    December 23, 2015 by MAX
    spring bulbs in the woodland gardens, and along the landscpae paths

    Great Fritillaries are not a common spring bulb for the perennial gardens and are rarely seen in our area. (CLICK on PIC)
    Plant in fall, in deep loamy soils, full or part sun, and that’s it!
    They stand high above the surrounding native bluebells seen here, and the bees love them!
    Seen here in Max’s woodland gardens in West Chicago.

  3. White Lady’s Slipper Orchid (Cypripedium can.)

    May 22, 2015 by MAX

    Another good year for these rare (threatened status in Ill.) orchids. I’ve had the uncommon chance to witness two large stands of these beauties in Dupage Co, and two days apart in two diff. areas!
    Fond of fens, and calcareous soils, these native orchids were once plentiful. Now, with few remnant prairies, we need to do all we can to protect their health through habitat quality, such as burning, and keeping invasive species at bay. Slow to reproduce, they also tend to get browsed by hungry deer.

    landscape design by ed max, maxlandscape.com,

    Wheaton native habitats, and landscapes, natural landscapes of the West Chicago area.

    Native landscapes of the western suburbs of Chicago are at your fingertips! Do not dig wild orchids. They can be bought from reputable on-line sources.
    Call us for landscape design services or for a quote to renovate your existing landscpaes and woodlands.

  4. 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!













  5. 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!