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.
July Yard of the Month
1232 Rutland Judd Hansen and Carolyn Atkinson
have a love for tropical plants which you can tell by their beautiful yard. There are several varieties of plumeria with a plethera of bloom
colors including a distinctive variegated one called pink maya. The plumerias all have their own unique fragrance as well. Other plants in
the front yard include a bottle brush tree, pentas, a cigar plant, caladium and a purple potato vine. Because of all the birds, bees, and
hummingbirds that visit the garden, Judd and Carolyn use no insecticides. They have a plant filled back yard as well with a small swimming pool and a koi pond that fit in naturally with more plumeria, fruit trees, several
unusual plants including a bright orange flame plant with a deep purple wisteria peeping through the orange blooms. Plumbago covers the back fence
with its sky blue blooms. Purple martin birdhouses, also along the back fence, are filled with babies learning to fly.
We would like to thank Joshua’s Native Plants for donating a gift certificate for the July 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.