July 2018 Yard of the Month -126 Classen Drive
In 2015 Jennifer Bowers and Cynthia Asensio decided to make Old Lake Highlands their “forever home” and bought this property from a long tenured homeowner. They had their work cut out for them as the landscaping had somewhat been neglected for many years. Countless hours of researching and experimenting with plants paid off. Systematically they started with the front yard removing old dead plants such as a damaged Red Oak, dozens of old boxwoods, nandinas and holly bushes. They expanded the old existing beds around their front flagstone patio and selected and installed each plant themselves. This labor of love has taken 2 years to get most of the plants settled in. To add to the curb appeal they also installed low wattage landscape lighting all around the property, front and back, recently repainted the exterior brick and installed new high-efficiency low-E windows.
With plans to install a new pool in the backyard, they removed every living thing other than 2 very large live oak trees (they removed 6 trees, dozens of shrubs and yards and yards of extremely overgrown Asian Jasmine). They also completely re-built a 700sf wood deck all by themselves. The pool was installed in September 2016 and work began on laying out new beds and turf areas. Loving to get their hands dirty and to experiment with plants they planted each one themselves and even laid all the new sod.
Avoiding annuals, Jennifer and Cynthia tried many native species of trees and other perennials. In this beautiful yard you will find 4 types of palms (Mexican Fan, Mediterranean, Sable Minor and Sago), Crape Myrtle, Blue Atlas Cedar, Texas Mountain Laurel, dwarf Japanese Maple, Hollywood Juniper, “Bubba” desert willow, Keiffer Lime, Meyer Lemon trees; Red yucca, yellow yucca, blue agave, artichoke agave, blanket flower (gaiardia), red and blue sage/salvia, spineless prickly pear cactus, lavender, rock purslane, lilies, 6 types of cannas, flax lilies, orange coneflower, double knockout roses, pink muhly grass, variegated feather grass, Mexican feather grass, Aztec grass, zebra grass.
Jennifer and Cynthia love seeing the hummingbirds, butterflies, dragon flies and bees. They keep a potted Milkweed bush that they put in the garage in the winter. The Monarchs love it and last year they hatched 7 caterpillars/butterflies from it. Congratulations Jennifer and Cynthia your yard looks amazing!
Yard of the Month, is an OLHNA program that is sponsored by North Haven Nursery. Each month the committee members of this program, will locate the best looking yard in the neighborhood. If your house is selected, you will be given a Yard Of the Month sign and a gift certificate to North Haven. All the more reason to keep your yard looking great! Please send your nominations to email@example.com