Friday, June 30, 2017

Winston County Master Gardeners Yard of the Month for July

Driving down Ball Drive is always a treat especially during the spring and summer months. Every yard is well kept and beautifully landscaped. The Yard of the Month for July is located at 364 Ball Drive and belongs to Dr. Yvonne McNeill. She taught school for forty-five years and gardening was her "therapy" after work. Her favorite flower is "the one that's blooming now." Dr. McNeill became interested in gardening through her mother who grew mostly canna lily’s and Shasta daisies at the old home place.
  The unusual, umbrella shaped trees flanking the driveway are weeping mulberry trees. Several daylilies’ fill out the driveway plantings. A white lamppost illuminates the parking area and plantings of dwarf nandina, cone flowers and Knock Out roses lead to the front steps. Raised beds in the front of the house contain huge camellias and neatly trimmed hedges. Camellias also flank the large bay window to the right of the front door along with corner plantings of hydrangea and loropetalum.

A white picket fence along the back of the property anchors a flower bed that is a profusion of color containing canna lily’s, daylily’s, Asiatic lily’s, lantana, purple cone flowers, Knock Out roses, clover, phlox, camellias and Stokes Aster. A welcoming patio with a sitting area behind the house is shaded by three big crepe myrtles. Several pots add color and interest to this area. The various pots are planted with caladium, ivy, coleus and impatiens. Marigolds, orange Asiatic lily’s and petunias are growing in the sunny parts of the patio. All are welcome to come visit this garden and enjoy the color and variety found there.

Submitted by Johnna Williamson