NATIVES

Fine foliage of the Maidenhair Fern (seen in this Wheaton Il. shade garden)

Maidenhair fern Maidenhair fern has an unusual leaf, with black stems. Landscape designer Ed Max’s favorite native fern. Contact Max’s ...

A Glen Ellyn landscape design- adds color and privacy to this outdoor living space (3 yrs aft)

Glen Ellyn Il landscape design: showing a small raised bed which encloses this  outdoor patio space and pergola. We used many ...

An increasingly rare wildflower seen in this native wildflower garden in Oak Park Il, (pic by landscape designer and naturalist Ed Max @ maxlandscape.com

Close relative of the colorful Bleeding Heart, but native and becoming rarer in our increasingly degraded ecosystems of the Chicago ...

The benefits of fire on this small remnant prairie in Carol Stream, Il, lit by naturalist Ed Max and crew of Max’s Greener Places

Fire is the key ingredient to maintaining these few prairie remnants we have left in the Chicagoland area, like this ...

Designer Ed Max’s landscapes in fall, near West Chicago Il.

Xeriscapes designed by Landscape designer Ed Max of West Chicago Il, and maxlandscape.com: Cactus, thyme, plus dropseeds( Sporobolus)-all planted in ...

White Lady’s Slipper Orchid (Cypripedium can.)

Another good year for these rare (threatened status in Ill.) orchids. I’ve had the uncommon chance to witness two large ...

Native perennials in this West Chicago Landscape. (Mertensia virg., Bluebells)

In this wooded garden ….the Bluebells are thriving and in full bloom on Cinco de Mayo 2015, West Chicago Il, ...

An eternal spring : April 2015

Daffodils, magnolias, bluebells, native spring ephemerals, all benefiting from the delayed warmth by holding their bll9ms longer than usual, such ...

Asimina: the native Pawpaw

Of the custard family, and the only one ofN A.. Highly edible fruit, long leaf, nice fall colors, a woodland ...

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