1. a landscape design takes shape in St. Charles, Geneva Il

    March 16, 2014 by MAX
    A preview we provide as to how your landscapes would appear in the future

    landscape design, maxlandscape.com, ed max

     

     


  2. Native Bloodroot – soon to appear

    March 12, 2014 by MAX

    We can’t wait for this snow to melt. One reason, is that when the soils are exposed to the sun in a woodland garden, Bloodroot, and many other very early spring ephemerals emerge-and quickly, before the trees leaf out. We here at Max’s Greener Places and maxlandscape.com try to incorporate native species into the landscape where at all possible. Reasons are: beneficial for all poliinators (many of which are on the decline), no need for additional water once established, and for their incredible beauty!

    Bloodroot  (Sanguniaria can).red juice from the root. Was utilized by native Americans in many ways.

    Dupage county natives, maxlandscape.com natives

    A native of our northern hardwoods and used in our landscape designs at maxlandscape.com , seen in Glen Ellyn, Wheaton shade gardens

     


  3. Landscaping: West Chicago Il landscape renovation

    March 6, 2014 by MAX

    west chicago Il landscapers, maxlandscape.com

    We would remove the old concrete walks to replace, along with all the old block walls and shrubs.

    West Chicago landscapers, maxlandscape.com, Max's Greener Places

    The rich clay paver color complimented the house nicely!, also used Estate wall stones and caps for the walls.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    2011-12-06 11.03.15           Final look- though it is fall and the landscapes are dormant, this front yard has a much improved appearance.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


  4. Near record snow for the 2013-2014 winter in the Chicagoland region (close to 6′ to date)

    March 5, 2014 by MAX
    maxlandscape.com, native landscapes, wiheaton il

    To think that at this same time both last year and in 2012 we had bulbs such as Aconite in bloom by now

    Below: The garden a year earlier- and a only a month ahead of the pic above!

    maxlandscape.com, max's greener places

    And six weeks ahead of top pic…… ah…spring…bring it on!!!!!native gardens, woodlands, shade beds, wildflowers of Chicago IL

    Woodlands of West Chicago, Winfiled landscapes, woodland landscapes

     

    Aconites (non-native, but lovely all the same, and very early, naturalizes easily)

     

     

     

     


  5. 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.

     

     

     

     


  6. A West Chicago garden progressional bloom (late winter through late spring:

    February 10, 2014 by MAX
    West Chicago landsacaper

    West Chicago landscapers choice here. Easy to establish, first to bloom!

    Witch hazels of the midwest

    Non native, but a beaut. Blooms in the dead of a West Chicago winter!

    name refers to the blood like sap in the root

    The earliest of native blooms in the Oak Brook, Hinsdale shade garden

    landscaping west chicago, maxlandscape.com

    A woodland of West Chicago Il

    An eye-catching flower, blooming in late May

    An eye-catching flower, blooming in late May

    Mid April in the West Chicago wildflower woodland garden, full on natives, and daffodil/.

    Mid April in the West Chicago wildflower woodland garden, full on natives, and daffodil/.

     

     

     

     

     


  7. Garden Structures (functional or not) can lend to the scenery and enhance the landscape.

    January 7, 2014 by MAX

    Natural landscapes enhanced by the bridge, maxlandscape.com

    Functional as well as handsome. Made from native materials found on site.

    Structures in the garden can add interest and aid in drawing the eye to a part of the garden that might otherwise go unnoticed. Here we have a naturalistic wooden bridge- functional too, spanning a wetland and  made from materials found on sight: limbs &  lg logs from rot-resistant species such as Black Locust (Robinia), Walnut, and Oak. Not only do bridges, sheds, or scultpures add color and folly, but also give the landscapes an additional line of sight and can help pull it all together!

     


  8. Visions of a colorful spring to come (don’t I wish)!

    December 8, 2013 by MAX

    It just finished snowing….and it’s only Dec. 8. Ouch. A long winter ahead? Would do some good if it were severe enough to knock back pest insect populations, reduces rodent populations and on and on….but for now, let’s just pretend it’s nearing that magical spring moment as the sun warms the earth in say…late March:

    Woodlands of West Chicago, Winfiled landscapes, woodland landscapes

    Small lemon-drop sized yellow blooms, the aconite is one of the first to appear. Multiplies readily. Non-native species


  9. Seasonal clean ups from Max’s Greener Places, West Chicago, Winfield, Wheaton

    December 6, 2013 by MAX

     

    Fall or winter clean ups, including trimming of beds, and lawn clean up have been happening for some time,slowly- but what a tough fall it has been! If you are still in need, or want to schedule a spring clean up, or a consultation on winter corrective pruning of trees and shrubs- do email or call soon to schedule. We can set up now so we are ready when the time is right. We prefer to use the ground leaf mulch to insulate the beds, and the tender plants such as roses. Keeping the free gift – your leaves  (ground, organic leaf mulch) on site makes sense: good for the earth, good for the earthworms, good for the roots of your plantings, and it’s saving you the cost of hauling it away!                   Next year- keep it on site. CLICK on any pic to enlarge.

    Landscape maintenance, lawn care, fall clean up, West Chicago, Il,

    What a mess!  Fall clean up time, winter is a good time to asses,  prune, plan for spring.


  10. Tips for a Greener holiday: Cut your own!

    December 3, 2013 by MAX

    A great tip for saving huge money: avoid buying greens (flown in all the way from the Pacific NW), and use your own trimmings, from your own yard! If you have a decent variety of shrubs and esp. evergreen- avoid too much trimming in summer, and do it in late Fall. You’d be amazed at the beautiful assortment of greens right outside your door.Arborvitae, White Pine, Spruce, Yew, and Boxwood grees, plus red-berried Winterberry-all Ed Max’s favorites for wreaths, swags, outdoor planters etc, even centerpieces. So get out there, and start trimming!Happy Holidays!

    Thuja, prefers moist areas.

    Arborvitae (thuja) trimmings, for swags, wreaths etc, and they are from your own yard!

     

    Will grow well in your gardens, Dupage, Kane or Cook Co.

    WINTERBERRY (ILEX vert.) Bright carmine red berries cover this bush in fall- cut for the touch of color in your outdoor holiday decor, plus will grow well in your wet  gardens, Dupage, Kane or Cook Co., BIRD attractant!