January is the beginning of a new year. The garden selected by the Lakes and Hills Garden Club for January is a new garden created for the new home of Hildegarde Myers along with her daughters Susan Myers and Patti Mosteller. They used plants that are largely native and attract butterflies, bees and birds. The plants were also selected to provide year around color in the garden, to require less water and to not grow too large. Susan provided plants from her garden, and Patti was responsible for the layout.
The garden encircles the “natural” lawn in the front of the house. To one side is a maple sapling which the town required to be planted to provide a future canopy. The wide variety of plants compliment the space and each other. There are gulf muhli grasses, foxtail ferns, Brazilian iris, camellias, hibiscus, liriope, drift roses, bush daisies, pentas, copper plant, and snow on the mountain.
Bordering the driveway are the homeowner’s favorite azalea plants. A large pottery container holding cascading reed orchids is positioned next to a olive tree and the walkway to the front porch of the home. Take note of the row of bottle-brush shrubs along the side of the house. A real attraction for the hummingbirds when they are in bloom.
This is a special garden created by the homeowner and her daughters to nurture and enjoy. It demonstrates the use of guidelines for a garden tolerant of our central Florida climate, pests and water restrictions. This lovely eco-friendly garden is located at 421 East 7th Avenue in Mount Dora.