Thursday, August 6, 2015

August Yard of the Month

For the month of August 2015, the yard at the home of Alisha and Kevin McCool, 33 Sturgis Road, Louisville, MS was selected by the Winston County Master Gardeners Association. They live there with their 3 children: Abi (19 years), Tyler (15) and Emma (12). This "cottage-style garden" has many different plants; however, the enormous healthy elephant ear plants are the immediate eye catcher. They are repeated throughout the landscape along with the beautiful pink crepe myrtle trees, and drift roses.  A tall exquisite Japanese tree is sitting to the right of the entrance to the house.  Alisha said it was approximately 3 feet tall when they purchased it.  It must be nearly 40 feet tall now. She believes it has grown so rapidly because it gets the water drainage from the roof.

Other plants in this yard: Autumn Joy Sedum, Mandeville, Camellias, Pink Crepe Myrtle, Blood Good Japanese Maple, Knockout Roses, Salsa Lantana, Portulaca in hanging baskets, Limelight Hydrangea, Red parasol, Mandeville and a potato vine in an electric blue pot, Lemongrass, Continental Plant (mosquito plant), Encore Azaleas, ‘Fire power’Nandina, Black Salvia, Russian Sage, Mop Head Hydrangea, Hosta, Caladiums, Oak Leaf Hydrangea and Radiant Rhododendron.

Alisha informed us that their home was built in 2000. They had to clear the land since no one had lived there for years.  There was an old house there that was demolished to build their home.   Also, a road came through the property, which was owned by the Bouchillons years ago – Milton is the only one that she knows is still around Winston County.  There is a well in the yard near the road which she tells was there since the 1800s. The story told is that the well was used by loggers to water their horses as they passed through.  Sometimes now, the water is pumped for their yard and swimming pool but they have an iron cover that is securely fastened for the safety of children who might get too curious.

When asked what other plant she would like in her landscape, she
responded, “I would love the gold bar ornamental grass”.  ‘Gold Bar’ is a perennial clump-forming Eulalie grass that is noted for it’s horizontally banded yellow and green foliage, dense-upright-rigid growth habit, compact shape and late flowering –burgundy blooms. It typically grows in a clump to 4-5’ tall. Leaf blades feature distinctive horizontal yellow bands that retain good coloration throughout the growing season. (

This yard is a must see. According to Wikipedia, the cottage-style garden is described as a distinct style of garden that uses an informal design, traditional materials, dense plantings, and a mixture of ornamental and edible plants. The Yard of the Month is located on North Columbus and Sturgis Road.  If you travel North Columbus toward Starkville, it is on the right and is the first house on the right. Please keep those nominations calls coming to the Extension Office 662.773-3091.