1. Witch-hazel ‘Arnold’s Promise’ (Hammemalis x med.) (click on pic)

    December 10, 2013 by MAX

    A gem of a shrub: incredible sulphur-yellow spidery blooms in late winter- a stand out in the snowy landscape, plus this (see pic)  flamboyant display in autumn.   One of Ed’s top ten list of woodland shrubs.

    Shade gardens of Winfield

    A fantastic shrub for the woodland, shady garden


  2. 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!

     

     

     

     

     


  3. Intense fall colors of the Japanese Maple group

    November 27, 2013 by MAX
    Ornamemtal Japanese maples, maxlandscape.com

    Nothing comes close to the sight in late fall of this green leafed Japanese maple (Acer )


  4. West Chicago landscaping projects: 2012 xeriscaping w native species

    November 21, 2013 by MAX
    Drought tolerant species for a sun bed , landscape in West Chicago, Winfield, Wheaton Il area,

    Cactus and thyme, plus dropseeds-all planted in this harsh sunny spot to hold up well. Seen here in West Chicago, Il

     

     

     

     

     


  5. Ilex vert., common name : Winterberry. Excellent choice for wet areas of your yard!

    November 20, 2013 by MAX
    Ilex verticilata, maxlandscape.com, winfiled, il, west Chicago il wetland landscape

    The berry of this hardy and native holly can come in many colors.


  6. 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.


  7. Landscape design and renovations: winter is a good time to begin the process. Get in touch!

    by MAX
     
    Now is a fine time to consider a fresh garden design ;  plan a spring and summer collection for the wooded garden, or a more traditional design, with pavers, flagstone pathways, perhaps a water feature and landscape lighting? Call us @ Max’s Greener Places, maxlandscape.com, ask for Ed Max, designer, cert, arborist, and natutralist
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    the best colors can be seen in the early wildflower garden,

    shade gardens, native trees, maxlandscape.com, west Chicago, Il

     

    Mid summer  woodlands: fern, hemlocks, maxlandscape.com, magnolias of /chicagoland, native wildflowers, West Chicago, IL, Geneva, Il.,

    Shade beds, native wildflowers of our woodlands, low maint. ,

    Natural landscapes, with Redbud, magnolias, bluebells, native plants