1. 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


  2. A Naturalists dream: the now rare White Trillium (t. grandiflora)

    February 13, 2014 by MAX

    A beauty in the shade gardens, or woodland settings, now rarely see in our native landscapes due to browsing deer and invasives such as garlic mustard, a must have for any landscape that has decent soils and some shade. . Slow to establish, but a real gem in the shade gardens.

    maxlandscape.com, West Chicago native wildflower


  3. 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!

     


  4. 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


  5. Paver projects: new patios, or natural walkways, click on pic to enhance

    November 19, 2013 by MAX
    Patios, walkways, stone, brick, Aurora, Geneva

    A newer product intro from Uni-lock, and I like it!
    Have dealt with and seen many a faux stone product over the years, and not been so impressed with the final results.  This product comes the closest.