1. Help out the local environment by incorporating native species such as Pale Coneflower (Echinachea), a native species of our prairies.

    January 5, 2017 by MAX
    native echinacea is along lived and easy to grow native species, good for poliinators such as butterfly and bees,

    Pale echinachea or pale coneflower is an easy to grow native wildflower, found in our higher quality remnant prairies of the Midwest. Easy to plug into your sunny landscapes- good for native bees and butterflies.

     

    Native species require little if any fertilizer, little water (once established), no need for pesticides, and are a huge benefit for local and endangered insect and butterfly species- such as our imperiled monarch butterfly. Simply incorporate such species into a sunny bed in your yard. Contact us for further info.

     


  2. Early blooming plants in the late winter landscapes of West Chicago and Wheaton area.

    March 13, 2015 by MAX
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    Native and ornamental witchhazels attract pollinators, which is especially important early in the season for these hungry bees, as seen in this colorful landscape in West Chicago Wheaton area. Seen… the hungry honeybee here……and  On March 12th.!!!

    Seen: Hammemalis ‘Arnold’s Promise’

     

     

    Landscape design services ( Glen Ellyn, Wheaton,  Winfield,  West Chicago, Lisle, Geneva gardens, St. Charles Il)  focusing on your likes and needs. Contact us now, the gardens as seen here have started popping! !!

    Spring cleaning up and mulch time too!

    * (for the record…1st blooms seen on 3/10 in this Midwestern woodland garden).

     

     

     

     


  3. Potting up bulbs for spring color in the landscapes

    February 28, 2015 by MAX

    Potting up bulbs on a late February day. Sunny, but crazy, cold day !!!  Bulbs can sit unplanted, (but kept cold), and from my experience – once potted up, bloom nicely anyway. I prefer to pot my daffodils,  then set into the woodland shade gardens where I see fit and to fill in. Besides…

    Potting up up the bulbs. A bit late, but we'll see!

    A before shot- March 1

    Most of us cannot remember where they are needed until spring when things are in bloom anyways. I frequently plant on top of other plants that are not visible! So, give it a try- pot them up, force them early, then plant out where needed!

     


  4. What’s in bloom: April ephemerals (Bloodroot) in West Chicago Il

    April 11, 2014 by MAX

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Once thought to have medicinal properties, quite toxic.

     

    Many parts of this fleeting beauty are toxic. The root exudes a red-orange juice, once used for dyes, and the plant was used for many medicinal applications. There is on-going  research as to it’s possible benefits. Once pollinated – all gone, sometimes in as little as a few days. Great attractant for early pollinators!


  5. Natural landscapes in Downers Grove Il and the suburban gardens come alive:

    April 7, 2014 by MAX
    landscape company in Oak Brook, Il

    Species crocus bloom quite early, and spread nicely (Oak Brook IL)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Species crocus, spring native wildflowers, daffodils, and aconites: all coming into bloom soon. The snows have finally gone, though there are STILL many areas here that are still frozen, but the bulbs have popped anyway!. The aconites have peaked by now, and the snowdrops are 6″ tall. Daffodils are up but need a warm day to pop. Soon!!!!

    Helebores are unfurling:

    Helebores, also called 'Lenten Rose', right on schedule!

    Helebores, also called ‘Lenten Rose’, right on schedule!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


  6. Naperville Il landscape design, Landscaping in Naperville, Il.

    April 3, 2014 by MAX

    Landscaper in Naperville, Il, maxlandscape.com, Ed Max, Paver walkways, brick patios

    We have an extensive clientele in Naperville and  the surrounding area. Call us or email to see our references and to see examples of our work go to   Maxlandscape.com

     


  7. Outdoor living, patio design and walkway installation. click on photos to enlarge

    March 17, 2014 by MAX
    Southern Hinsdale, on the lake.

    Lakefront (Hindsdale Il) natural stone staircase eases the transition to the lower portion of the yard (lake not seen).

    Call soon for a consultation and quote!

    maxlandscape paver patios, max's greener places patios

    Quite the look: a vintage – appearing paver from Unilock called ‘Copthorne’, one of Ed Max’s favorites

    New stone steps, new landing, walkway, drive all made of pavers, lg. unilock product, and natural stone streps.

    A new stone walk, landing and porch; all made of mortared stone plus lg.  Unilock pavers. A new landscaping gives a nice pop in this sunny southern facing drought tolerant garden, using many native species. West Chicago, Winfield, Wheaton area

    Spring is upon us- time to plan for that new brick paver or natural stone patio and walkways. Drop us a note to get a unique design & quote today!

     

     


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

    March 5, 2014 by MAX
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    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!

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    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)

     

     

     

     


  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? 🙂

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    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

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    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/.