1. Witch-hazels: an overlooked shrub group

    March 31, 2019 by MAX

    The Witch-hazels are a fascinating group belonging to the family Hammemalis: found on several continents including North America with the fall blooming Hammemalis virginiana and the vernalis, a spring bloomer, both having a slight fragrance, both native to Illinois.

    A purple flowering type., seen in mid March.

    Photos here of blooms from plants at the Missouri Botanical Gardens and their extensive collection of Asian cross hybruds and a few cultivars from my own gardens here is West Chicago. . A fantastic and overlooked shrub group, with winter blooms, and fantrasitc fall colors. And an ideal plant for shade gardens and woodland setting, as they are understory species. Pollinators appreciate them as well!

    Missouri Botanical Gardens Witch-hazel collections
    maxlandscape company in Winfiled, West Chicago, Wheaton shade gardens and landscaping
    Native and ornamental witchhazels attract pollinators, especially important early in the season- as seen in this colorful landscape in West Chicago Wheaton area, see the hungry honeybee here. On March 12th.

    Hammemalis x Arnold Promise'
    Wonderful fall colors, with bright yellow blooms in winter!

    If you have that shade are and need a garden redo, now is the time to go!

    Landscape designs , woodland gardens, native species use, shade beds.



  2. Fine foliage of the Maidenhair Fern (seen in this Wheaton Il. shade garden)

    January 2, 2017 by MAX

    Woodland species, native ferns of the Chicagoland area, native landscapes by Ed Max and max's greener places

    Maidenhair fern has an unusual leaf, with black stems. Landscape designer Ed Max’s favorite native fern.

     

    Contact Max’s Greener Places for spring designs and installations!

     


  3. Ancient white pine of the U.P. of MI. (the Porkies). White pine in the landscapes of the Midwest.

    October 28, 2015 by MAX

    Within part of a lg swath of old growth forest dwells giants:
    white pine (P.strobus) at 150 ft.n 400 year plus yrs old, 300 yr old Hemlock (Tsuga can.), Massive Yellow birch,Striped maple, and majestic Sugar maples.
    Seen here along the Little Carp Trail Fall 2015

    native pines in our landscapes of the Wheaton area, vergreens and poine are important parts of a good landscape design

    150 ft plus 400 yr old + white pine pinus strobus


  4. A winter landscape (at the Mo. Botanical Gardens)

    January 25, 2015 by MAX

    arborist info, ed max, maxlandscape.com, tree info

    Bald cypress in the foreground, Dawn Redwoods beyond. At the rear of the photo you can see the original home of founder C.Shaw.

     

     


  5. Fall color never fails to excite! Plant quality trees for color.

    October 14, 2014 by MAX

    maxlandscape.com, max's greener places plant suggestion, landscape design

    another max suggestion for fall colors, a part of our landscape that is terribly lacking in my opinion!
    Excellent plant for formal or natural landscapes

    Japmapleondrive2011

    Consider the sugar maple (acer) , for it’s outstanding colors, and hardiness, or perhaps a serviceberry (amelanchier can.) which is an ornamental, grows to 30′, has soft peach fall colors, an excellent tree for our Chicagoland landscapes. A hardy tree, and very popular.

     


  6. Spring ephemerals in bloom (Glen Ellyn Il): Dutchman’s Breeches (Dicentra), good for the woodland landscape

    April 20, 2014 by MAX
    A native of delicate beauty, and a bit rare these days in the landscapes and open spaces of the Chicagoland area. A relative of bleeding heart (a perennial non-native)

    Shade gardens, landscapes of glen ellyn, il

    A native of delicate beauty, and a bit rare these days in the landscapes and open spaces of the Chicagoland area. A relative of bleeding heart (a perennial non-native)

     


  7. Landscape design Geneva Il, stone and pavers Geneva Il

    April 1, 2014 by MAX

    geneva il landscaping,

    Patios and fireplace added to this backyard outdoor living, Geneva il, and Glen Ellyn, Il

    maxlandscape paver patios, max's greener places patios


  8. 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.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


  9. And you thought YOUR trees were too tall or too close to the house?

    February 28, 2014 by MAX
    Massive 100’+ REDWOOD   Must have been planted sometime after this Napa res. was built? And to think- It’s only a youngster. Another 1000 years to go? 🙂

    maxlandcape.com, arborist services

    Coastal Redwood (Sequoia semp.)

     


  10. 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/.