Village West Yard of the Month
The February freeze set all of our gardening efforts back, but Village Gardeners have resumed the Yard of the Month contest. Congratulations to May’s Village West Yard of the Month winner at 11315 Piping Rock. The owner chose mostly hardy perennials that have recovered from the freeze. Just so you know – nothing new has been planted following the freeze. The owner covered all the plants during the freeze, cut most everything back to the ground afterward. Then, really dosed everything with Miracle Gro. Just look at the results!
The front landscape of 11315 Piping Rock – May’s Yard of the Month follows the driveway curve to the garage wall with another bed across the front of the house. All the beds are edged in bull rock, as well as the entry garden. The stars of this garden are drift roses in peach, pink and red – these roses are smaller plants, bloom more prolifically, and some varieties have fewer thorns. There are also red and pink knock-out roses across the front of the house. But just wait – there is more coming.
The vitex in the center of the garage wall is within weeks of exploding with its purple blossoms, and there are Yellow bells (esperanza) and shell ginger that survived but haven’t yet reached their prime. The intense color is broken with foxtail fern (also froze to the ground, and look at it now!) Green mounding juniper repeat throughout the landscape. The owner has numerous pots filled with annual color in the entry and along the inside of the driveway.
This is a landscape that will reward the owner with color from spring to fall, is hardy enough to recover from freezes, and doesn’t require a lot of maintenance. It is a full sun design with most plants requiring moderate water. The mounding juniper is an exception – it can tolerate low water once established. All good looking landscapes require some maintenance, but will perform once you get an established routine that gives plants what they need! The owner cuts all roses back to half their height every February and fertilizes monthly during the blooming season (Spring-Fall) except during the hottest months. After the heat breaks, the fertilization schedule resumes. Remove spent blossoms after roses, esperanza and vitex bloom. This promotes either better or repeat blooming. Stop by to congratulate the owner and admire the choices.
Village West is located in Houston’s Energy Corridor business district. The neighborhood is conveniently located to many of Houston’s major roadways therefore making it an easy commute to many of Houston’s employment centers. It’s a beautiful well established neighborhood with many benefits and amenities for it’s residents. For more information about Village West and all it’s wonderful amenities, visit Village West.org .
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Remember, Village Gardeners is here to help with your landscape or gardening questions or problems. Contact Tracy Niall or Cindy Overton – or better yet, join us at the clubhouse at 6:30 on the 2nd Tuesday evening each month to learn more about your landscape with like-minded neighbors.
Many thanks to our partner, Connie Vallone of Park West Real Estate (713) 249-4177, who underwrites the Yard of the Month award. She has worked with Village Gardeners to support Village West. Please consider her should you need real estate related services.