Janet D Smith has lived in OLH for decades and loves describing her house as the one with a garden instead of lawn! She loves hosting all the bees, butterflies, birds, anoles, insects and worms that her perennial pollinator garden attracts. The fact that 4-nerve daisies and blackfoot daisies have planted themselves in the strip between the sidewalk and the street makes her even happier. May brings back the tall purple larkspur that were planted from seeds about 15 years ago. Other spring bloomers include the Texas sundrops, exotic irises, thrift, autumn sage, cotoneaster, gopher weed spurge, pinks, mutabilis and Knock-out roses, and several types of yuccas: red, yellow, brakelight, color guard, and soft. For summer color there is lantana, guara, Turks cap, blue mistflower, chili pequin, esperanza, desert willow, vitex, milkweed, giant coneflower, rock rose, skullcap, cosmos, coneflowers, and a variety of sages: mealy blue, Darcys , Russian, Texas, and Mexican bush. In October the fall asters and boneset will come into bloom. The evergreens like lambs’ ear, sedum, artemisia, Mexican feather grass, spineless prickly pear and agave enhance the garden all year long. Janet loves to share her excess plants so stop by for a visit. Janet tends the garden herself, uses no soil amendments, pesticides or fertilizers and is glad that she only has to water once or twice only if we have a long, hot, dry summer. She is a firm believer in THE RIGHT PLANT IN THE RIGHT PLACE and in providing habitat. She is a Master Gardener, Master Naturalist, and a board member of the Dallas chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas. She also coordinates the pollinator garden in front of the Bath House Cultural Center as a Master Gardener project. Janet received a $50 gift card to North Haven Nursery and she will put it to good use!
2019 Yard of the Month Guidelines by Suzy Renz
Yard of the Month
Old Lake Highlands Neighborhood Association seeks to improve the overall appearance of our community by encouraging neighborhood beautification. The Yard of the Month program recognizes homeowners who add beauty to our neighborhood with the landscaping and maintenance of their yards.
The winning Yard of the Month will be provided with a decorative yard sign for display in their yard and a $50.00 gift certificate provided by North Haven Gardens. An announcement and picture will be posted on the Old Lake Highlands website, Facebook site, and Next Door. We want to thank North Haven Gardens for their sponsorship of our Yard of the Month program and their generous contribution of gift certificates to the winners.
Judging will be based on ‘curb appeal’ considering front and side yards only as viewed from the street.
Judging criteria include: overall appearance and appeal, well-maintained yard, originality and creativity of landscaping, use of color and/or texture, and use of waterwise and native plants. We also look for the use of decomposed granite, flagstone, groundcover, etc. in place of cement and lawn grass. The committee also notices if neighbors are adhering to City of Dallas watering restrictions.
The same property cannot receive the Yard of the Month award twice within 24 months.
Judging will be done by the Yard of the Month committee of OLHNA. The current month’s winner may accompany the committee to judge the following month’s winner.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org