The December Garden of the Month selected by the Lakes and Hills Garden Club is the home of Clay and Lee Ann Ganony at 435 South Clayton Street in Mount Dora.
As you pass by you want to stop and enjoy this beautifully landscaped property. The homeowners have created with their use of hardscape and plantings a formal design reminiscent of southern gardens found in Savannah and Charleston that compliments the architecture of their two story home.
Setting the southern theme are two magnolia trees on either side of a brick walkway leading to the decorative iron gate of the entrance courtyard. In the center of the courtyard is a large black urn the owners found and converted into an infinity fountain. A “white” garden of white everblooming drift roses and white camellias surround the space. Off to one side is a classical statue that is repeated on a smaller scale on the stone posts of the enclosure. The brick is carried through to the front doorway that is flanked by boxwood topiaries and tapered Japanese blueberry shrubs. The door, of course, is wearing a large holiday wreath.
Surrounding the home is a zoysia grass lawn along with plantings of podocarpus, loropetalum, azalea, asiatic jasmine ground cover and four more Japanese blueberry. A weeping yaupon holly adjacent to the side entrance gate is a must see.