810 Bolivar St.
Bruce Burns is a recent resident at 810 Bolivar St. and was drawn to the trees even more so than the beautiful landscaping. Mr. Burns was immediately drawn to the enormous Pecan trees as well as a very large Burr Oak in the front yard. The yard stays shaded all day long, so it’s made shade tolerant landscaping a breeze. Mr. Burns has added several agaves and is working to develop the yard into a mixed xeriscape selection of low water usage plants including agaves, sages, and more. He has measured the trees to see if I could get one of the pecans placed under historical protections because it is very large, but it doesn’t meet the size specs, so am looking into it from a historical angle since the house was built in the 1920’s. Last, but not least, his favorite feature is in the backyard, a sandstone-lined flume built by the WPA in the late 30’s!
810 Newton St.
Our Southeast district yard for October is positively expansive, spreading from the curb on Newton Street to Rivera Elementary School. The yard is carpeted with lush green grass and dotted with mature trees, but the focal point is a circular area in the center with exposed, reddish soil. The exposed soil, broken only by two large collections of red canna lilies and a few potted plants, is reminiscent of a Zen garden and reminds onlookers that empty space can be just as beautiful and invigorating as fresh blooms.
Gardening and impeccable lawn maintenance has always been a family affair for the residents of 810 Newton, says Dorothy, this month’s winner. Her mother deeply loved to work in the yard, a passion she passed on to Dorothy. Now, as it becomes more difficult for Dorothy to engage in this labor of love, her son cares for their lot, oftentimes going straight to the yard after a long day at work.
First Cumberland Presbyterian Church – 1424 Stuart Rd.
The Landscape Committee of First Cumberland Presbyterian Church meets weekly to maintain their lawn and flower beds. They use their Master Gardener training and love of flowers to incorporate Texas Superstar and Arboretum flameproof plants into their flowerbeds. Many of the flowers are grown from seeds and cuttings. Favorite perennials and annuals include Rudbeckia Goldstrum, Henry and Augusta Duelberg salvias, day lilies, lantanas, gaillardias, gomphrenas, profusion zinnias and cosmos. Flower beds are changed seasonally. The garden that started as a beautification project has turned into a labor of love.
2300 Stonegate Cir.
Taking full advantage of the corner orientation receiving sun essentially the entire day, the residents at 2300 Stonegate Cir. have created three different garden areas in their expansive lawn. The south-eastern area is the traditional oak trees, turf, and green shrubs and plants. The western part, along Southridge, is a combination of oaks and shrubs, accented with plants, including natives, in colorful pots, creating a separate garden area. Continuing north there are additional colorful pots filled with seasonal plants and perennials that provide color throughout the seasons. The owners have created a varied and colorful garden space on a foundational lawn with native oaks.
2408 Emerson St.
The Northeast Denton Yard of the Month goes to Dalton and Donna Gregory. This gorgeous yard incorporates native plants and hardscape features. Stones lining the gardens enhance the beds full of red and pink Turk’s Cap, Rock rose, Oxalis, and ferns. One can also find Black and Blue Salvia, Columbine, and Gregg’s Mistflower among other pollinator plants. In fact, while surveying the yard, the judge spotted bees all over the Salvia and Rock rose. Among the gardens are large stepping stones, the grass area is cut and trimmed making for a truly eye-catching yard.
2800 Carmel St.
Although just a couple of miles from the Denton Square the property has a kind of rustic feel. Doug and Karen Wade have taken somewhat of a minimalist approach to the landscaping to support the rustic feel of the house and property. The yard has more than 100 beautiful oak and cedar elm trees and approximately one third of the property has been left in its native state, with no tree trimming, no watering and whatever ground cover will grow under the trees. Large ironstone boulders, common to area, have been left throughout the property as features and smaller, local stones have been used for flowerbed edging. The Wade’s have installed a landscape feature in the front of the yard using several ironstone boulders, Texas river stones, Texas limestone brick border, and native white and red yuccas.
3400 Paisley St.
This yard in east Denton shows its love for others with a friendly “We love our neighbors” sign and features water smart plants including salvias, rosemary, Texas sage and more! The yard is a beautiful balance between a neatly trimmed yard and a boulevard brimming with native plants. The decorative smiling flamingo is a treasured family gift and they’ve planted sentimental lilies from their wedding. What a sweet yard and family!