November Yard of the Month: 608 Parkview Lane

November Yard of the Month: 608 Parkview Lane

About Yard of the Month

Is your yard a source a pride? A work of art? A labor of love? It’s time to receive some formal recognition for all those hours of hard work.
The HPNA Yard of the Month contest is for all residents of Heights Park neighborhood. View the Contest Rules.

Nominate a Yard

Fill out the form on the Yard of the Month page.

The November 2017 Yard of the Month belongs to Dennis Unsworth and Larry Merica at 608 Parkview Lane. Here is what they had to say about their yard:

We appreciate so much the recognition by our neighbors for Yard of the Month.

We moved to Heights Park neighborhood in 2004 after a year searching in Dallas for a place that “felt right.” We drove by a Realtor (Janet DePuy, HPNA president) placing an open house sign at the corner of Belt Line and Floyd and we told her what we were looking for and she motioned us in! Once we discovered Heights Park, we knew we were home. Little did we know how many neighbors we would encounter that had connections along the path that led us here.

Our garden, like so many others, has been a progress of trial and error. The property had a row of red tip photinia along the front foundation and an elderly Bradford pear as the lone front specimens. Those passed early.

Several foundation plantings came and went. But the anchor — a weeping red bud we planted at the front entrance in 2004 — gets the most questions. It was complemented by a weeping lace leaf Japanese maple, which did not survive the loss of the big trees that shaded it.

We added flagstone to add interest and widen the access along the drive.

After the demise of the Bradford pear, we planted the live oak in the front. The neighborhood had so many old oaks but many were starting to disappear; so it seemed proper to put one back. That led to the current garden setting.

With input from neighbor Bob Vinson, cofounder of Nativ Landscapes, we devised a planting that focused on free form and organic flow. We wanted to have color and interest but retain the feel of a spot in nature.

Annual color for us seems best accomplished with zinnias or periwinkles. The chrysanthemums began as a basket on the porch back in 2004. One just keeps digging and dividing. In the back yard, there is a collection of family heirloom seeds and cutting from my grandmother’s gardens. They are under constant development until they find a comfortable spot in the garden.

We really enjoy the small-town home feel in the big-time city! Thank you!

Dennis Unsworth and Larry Merica