802 West Cottage St,
Hoefer home garden Lynne Hoefer's Norhill corner lot features native plants and trees with beds that
spill blooms into the street. Lynne says, "With a garden focused on natives, there is always something blooming and something looking for pollen, nectar or berries.
I plant not only for my enjoyment, but for the wildlife. My initial garden was a ligustrum hedge across the back
fence, oleander and a sago Palm. The big pecan tree in back took a beating during Ike, the silver maple in front
didn't fair well after a wind storm and the back yard grass was toasted during the drought. So I started over.
Mike Anderson designed the backbones of the back yard. I pick up plants from a combination of plant trades, seed
swaps, the great local plant sales (Mercer, Arboretum and Native Plant Society) and our great local nurseries
(Joshuas, Buchanans and the Lowes sale rack). The birds also contribute plants, too. I enjoy working in the garden and
finding a hole for that next plant. I welcome you to walk through and hope you enjoy."
May Yard of the Month
1243 Corlandt Steve Connolly
and Yamileth Nicolau, recent transplants to the Houston area, have become stewards to a yard and garden full of blooming
perennials, annuals, trees and shrubs here in the Heights. The garden is well taken care of with the help of Mark
Anderson of Sienna Landscape. Bees are buzzing around many of the plants and lizards of all
kinds scurrying across your path. On the side of driveway there are pink hydrangeas and a pretty Yesterday Today
and Tomorrow. The front of the house has plantings that include a bright pink hibiscus, camellias, lantana, firecracker
plant, vinca, a red bud and Duranta with many other blooming plants. There is a unique fountain designed by the late Rex
Bass' a well-known artist in the Heights area. Welcome Steve and Yamileth to the Heights and thank you for sharing your
beautiful garden. We want to thank Zone 9 Tropicals for donating a gift certificate for the May 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 Rose Garden
Master Consulting Rosarian Gaye Hammond met with the garden club to give us hands on pointers on rose pruning as well as gave us
advice on how to care for the rose garden. Volunteers then went to work under Gaye's watchful eye. Gaye is a Past President of the
Houston Rose Society, a life member and patron
of the American Rose Society and serves on the Marketing and Planned Giving Committees of the national organization as well as an
entertaining speaker and avid writer of more than 300 articles on roses. Her advice and guidance will be invaluable as we begin the
much needed renovation of the rose garden.