A landscape design using native and other perennial favorites. Geneva IL landscape by Ed Max, landscape designer, and native landscaping specialist.

We are a custom landscape design firm, involved in traditional landscapes and native landscapes too. We specialize in native species, oak habitats, and woodland restorations (shade gardens, natural stone pathways, raingardens), cottage gardens , and low maintenance landscapes plus seasonal garden care and trimming. We are certified arborists, and consult both on tree care and disease of, plus planting quality trees and oak.

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Above: Azaleas in the natural landscape and shade garden in Wheaton Il

Specialties : Custom and unique landscape ideas and designs, plus Native and natural landscapes, woodland gardens, natural areas restorations, perennial borders and English gardens. Wetlands and water gardens too, with hardscapes and stonework added. Check Out Our Blog Contact Us

Vintage Oak Park garden design

Custom Landscape Design and Installation

Recent projects include a Woodland renovation in St Charles Il, shade garden design in Naperville, a natural stone pathway and prairie landscape in Wheaton, and a nice landscape design in West Chicago (see pics)

Call us for a landscaping consultation or to start a landscaping design today!

Native Plant Specialist

We like to use native plants wherever possible for many reasons: One is, native plants are good for the environment (and for pollinators) Also, native plants use less water and need few chemicals to survive.

Shade Gardens & English Gardens

We create lovely shade gardens for wooded areas where there is limited sunshine.

Stone & Paver Designs

Professional stone patios, fireplaces, and natural stone walkways:

Call for a quote to update or add a new patio to your outdoor living space.

Commercial and Residential Landscape care:

Lawn and Flower Bed Maintenance, Let our professional landscaping staff tend to your property needs, including natural area duties, lawn care, flower bed maintenance, seasonal plantings, spring bulb installations etc,

Seasonal interests

Fall color is an important element in our midwestern landscape. Often missing from our urban world, we try to add it back where possible through the trees and shrubs we choose to plant.

Max's Greener Place

English Gardens

Max’s Greener Places specializes in English Gardens and mixed perennial borders for color in all seasons.

Max's Greener Place

Why Use Native Plants?

We like to use native plants wherever possible for many reasons: One is, native plants are good for the environment (and for pollinators like bees). Also, native plants use less water and need no chemicals to survive.

Max's Greener Place

The Services We Provide

  • Landscape Design Services
  • Multiple Garden Varieties
  • Water Features – Aquatic Plants
  • Stone, Brick & Block Constructions
  • Woodland Maintenance
  • Native Plants specialists

About Max’s

Ed is a professional landscape designer, naturalist and certified arborist, Also a Native species and natural areas specialist.

Ed has well over thirty years of experience as a landscaper with roughly twenty five years running his own firm. This also has gained him the skill set needed to make every job a success. He has seen what works and what doesn’t. He knows how landscape materials behave in various settings. He has developed a good eye for choosing the stock and is a plantsman and natives specialist.

His crews are timely and professional and do excellent work. Read More