2434 White Oak Drive, Tirey gardens
This unique terraced
garden was the result of a drainage project that “got out of control” according to the owner. The site slopes unexpectedly to a picturesque
untouched creek that drains into the canalized White Oak Bayou. Tiered beds of native and unusual plants guide you to the lowest terrace
overlooking the creek. Planted with flood friendly plants, this space acts as a retention pond for the neighborhood. Two doors down
we also visited the owner’s current residence garden. This modern garden with a pool also takes advantage of its creek-side location.
Both gardens were thoughtfully designed by expert plantsman Will Fleming who was also on hand to answer all our questions.
June Yard of the Month
1519 Arlington Phil Hartford
moved to the Heights from Australia around 3.5 years ago. The new construction provided a blank canvas, a project he could make
his own. He expanded the garden beds around the edges to frame the lawn, then planted citrus along the fence-line to capture
the abundant Houston sunlight; the fence is also used to climb roses and sweet peas
during the spring. Native plants are scattered throughout the garden beds to provide color and general ground cover. Phil loves to cook and
entertain, so it was also important for him to have herbs and vegetables at his fingertips. On the house itself, he used a variety of climbers
to provide a canopy of greenery and shield the house from the
summer sun--a white flowering wisteria, stephanotis and pink coral vine. The yard has a deliberate relaxed, growing-at-wild look. The plants are
allowed to grow tall and provide people with a feeling of lush greenery with pops of color. Phil finds Houston a tough place to garden, but he is obviously
up to the challenge. Thank-you to Buchanan's Native Plants for providing the gift certificate for this outstanding June Yard-of-the-Month.
Send nominations for next month's Yard-of-the-Month to us on our contact page.
Latest Gardening Project
Heights Boulevard Entrance Garden
This past May the garden club updated the entrance garden trimming back the lantana, replacing the Mexican Mint Marigold with coral
drift roses, blue salvia and blue daze; and mulching to hold down the inevitable weeds. Hopefully it will make a colorful splash over
the summer. Thank you to Jeb with Landscape Innovations for digging out the mint marigold and to all our volunteers for helping to make
the entrance garden a more welcoming space.