Village West Yard of the Month
Landscapes in Village West are continuing to recover from the February freeze and that has made choosing the Yard of the Month even more challenging! Our June Village West Yard of the Month winner is 11519 Overbrook.
NEW THIS MONTH!!! The winning Yard of the Month owner has agreed to meet and talk about the plants in her yard and offer suggestions that might work for you on Monday, June 14. Join her at 11519 Overbrook from 6-7 pm.
This front landscape is dominated by a well-cared for Live Oak. At first glance, this tree appears to shade most of the front yard limiting plant selection to shade varieties, but plenty of sun is able to break through. This allows the owner lots of flexibility in choice of plants. There is thick, healthy turf underneath this oak, as well. The key to maintaining healthy landscape under the tree canopy is adequate sun & water – This owner maintains a 3 yr tree thinning schedule.
Endure the Freeze
First things first – How did June Yard of the Month winner’s landscape endure the freeze? Only some of the plants were covered (favorites!) and some plants have been replaced. There’s been no special attention given plants to boost performance following the freeze. There’s a lot to see in this yard! It’s clear this gardener likes color and isn’t afraid to use a variety of plants. There are both annuals and perennials, sun and shade varieties. In addition, traditional “old” cultivars and a few potted plants. This landscape will show color from spring until frost, with little required maintenance.
The most prominent plants in the bed surrounding the oak are deep purple Agapanthus (Lily of the Nile), yellow-orange Bulbine, Foxtail fern and Bush daisy. There are caladiums, white Verbena, and Lanceleaf coreopsis that is just setting its yellow blossoms. There are hibiscus, rosemary, mounding multi-color Lantana, white & pink varieties of Gaura, white & pink varieties of Spirea and deep blue Indigo spires salvia. An orange Firecracker plant is adjacent to purple Buddleias. Tall plants include a Mexican hydrangea, ginger, Blue butterfly plant, Asiatic lilies, and a Loropetalum trained as a small tree in the center of the wall. And that’s not all of it!
Another bed along the front of the house and chimney has it’s own highlight: the fuchsia impatiens is eye-catching, and there is a passion vine beginning to climb the chimney that will have purple blooms. The chimney is flanked by golden privet and yaupon holly. Archangel angelonia, monkey grass and pots containing zinnias, petunias and geraniums fill the remainder of this bed.
Please stop by to congratulate the owner and admire the plants.
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.