1. Witch-hazel ‘Jelena’ (Hammemalis med.), unusual, very early to bloom, so interesting!

    March 9, 2014 by MAX
    shrubs, trees, arborist , maxlandscape.com

    The earliest of any blooming plant in this West Chicago garden. Click on pic to  enlarge.

    A very cool plant- you will not find any other witch-hazel or other species of plant that blooms earlier, none! Fragrant too. And the bonus is that fabulous red/burgundy fall color!  Vase shaped habit, likes a bit of shade, growing to 8′ x 8′. One of Ed’s favorites!

     

     


  2. 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.

     

     

     

     


  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. Hemaris thysbe (Hummingbird Clearwing), unusual and colorful moth (tap on photo)

    December 9, 2013 by MAX
    unusual and beneficial insects

    What an incredible moth, hovering over a petunia in the late summer garden. A pollinator, a good thing!


  5. 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


  6. 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!