The June Garden of the Month selected by the Lakes and Hills Garden Club is the garden of the Staffieri family at 2219 Wolf Ridge Lane in Mount Dora.
The lush front lawn is shaded by a mature Laurel Oak tree which is encircled by a hedge of Ligustrum. The dark green Ligustrum is repeated as a two level backdrop for the colorful plantings along the left side of the front of the home. A large Crape-Myrtle anchors the garden at the corner on that side of the house. A walkway curves around to the front porch on the right side of the home. Tucked into the space behind the walkway is a tall Robeleni Palm (Pygmy Date Palm), several Azalea and a continuation of the same plantings found on the other side.
The garden features plants tolerant of the warm weather, attractive to butterflies/bees and offering a lot of color. There are Lesser Periwinkle (Vinca ), Pentas, Coreopsis, Blanket Flower (Gaillardia), Bush Daisy, Dusty Miller, Bromeliads, Milkweed, Dwarf Mums, Blue Daze, Evening Primrose and a full blooming Plumbago peeking around the side of the garage. On either side of the step up to the front porch are planters containing red Geranium, Alyssum, Coleus and spikes of grass for height. On the porch is a comfortable old rocking chair painted a bright yellow inviting you to sit and enjoy this colorful garden and the shade of the oak tree on these warm June days.