1. 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.

     


  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.