The April Garden of the Month selected by the Lakes and Hills Garden Club is located at 347 West 8th Avenue in the historic district of Mount Dora. The 1910 home belonging to Weir and Julie Kingsley is on a corner lot with a beautiful garden created by the homeowner reflecting her time spent in Massachusetts and Lexington, Kentucky.
Flaming Torch bromeliads climb up the two old Camphor trees at the street in front of the home. A gate through the Jasmine hedge bordering the property opens to the walkway leading up to the spacious front porch. On either side of the porch steps are stone pillars holding urns containing bright coral double begonias and cascading Creeping Jenny. Dark red loropetalum contrasts with the bright green boxwood and variegated Jasmine ground cover in front of the porch. Sweet Almond bushes planted adjacent to the porch offer a fragrant scent when they are in bloom.
The Helen Street side of the property is shaded by the Florida Oak tree, a row of tall palms and a Little Gem magnolia. There are a variety of semi-shade loving plants with contrasting foliage found in this area. Firecracker-plant and purple tibouchina are planted in front of viburnum. Grouped together are Foxtail fern and red croton. In the front corner are colorful varieties of bromeliads that can be enjoyed from the porch.
Red and purple are the homeowner’s favorite garden colors and can be seen all over in the sunny east side of the garden. The viburnum along the side of the house are a back-drop for a variety of flowering plants with pops of red and purple. A large white poinsettia from a Christmas past is very happy there. Jasmine is being trained to climb an elevated stockade fence in front of which a large patch of ferns has been cleared for colorful plants, hanging baskets and a walkway to a stone bench for sitting and enjoying the hummingbirds in the nearby Bottle-brush tree. In another front shady corner one can find agapanthus, Cut leaf philodendron, tricolor ginger (Stromanthe), Walters Whorl and Leopard plant commonly known as “tractor seat plant” because of the shape of the shiny leaf.
There is a lot to see and enjoy in this garden. Take a peek over the Jasmine hedge.