Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Winston County Master Gardeners - Yard of the Month

Spring has finally arrived in North Mississippi and the garden of Elaine Crowson Thompson, located at 409 Ackerman Street, Louisville, is a showcase of seasonal beauty. A profusion of flowers, from spring blooming bulbs arranged around a birdbath, to dark pink tulips with narcissus, iris, and daffodils radiate out to fill this bed. Camellias border part of the south side of the property. A proud peacock shaped bottle tree stands guard at the edge of the driveway.

A brick patio with lovely garden furniture and potted plants lies behind the driveway, with a raised bed containing varied and interesting plants separating the two. This bed is anchored by a beautiful Japanese Maple, a twisting Harry Loden Walking Stick, a tub of yellow daffodils and a vine climbing a birdhouse. Additional plants include pansies, hyacinth, black and blue salvia, blue phlox, and trailing chrysanthemum. Matching Chippendale planters containing white loropetalum are located on either side of the bed.

The north bed is bordered by Mondo grass and a bouquet of various flowers including miniature iris, candytuft, white verbina, nandina, Knockout roses, barberry, redhot poker, dogwood, needle leaf coriopsis and a beautiful weeping cherry tree. This bed also contains Elaine's extensive herb garden.

Please remember, if you know of or have a garden which you would like to be considered for Yard of the Month, contact the Extension Office with that information.