December 2020 Decorated Yard of the Month

Congratulations to the owners at 604 Lockwood Drive! Please read what they had to say about their decorated yard

Thank you so very much for choosing our home as Decorated Yard of the Month. We are delighted!

Our Christmas display started out with just a single string of lights around our porch eves, and our old school wood-panel Texas-theme’d Santa, that we picked up at a JJ Pierce HS Christmas Bazaar years ago. Moving to Texas from Canada, a cowboy-hat wearing Santa welcoming in the season with “Merry Christmas Y’all” in our front yard just seemed an appropriate first decoration. 

We like the white lights on the house eves, and the yard with the signature Heights Park spiral trees (among other decorations). When we painted the house, put up shutters and railings around the porch, it cried out for greenery, so we added the a couple of wreaths, which grew into a lot of wreaths and garland with lights.

Each year we added a piece or two, from diverse places as Hobby Lobby and Ikea, to surprise our granddaughters with, who just love to drive around Heights Park with us looking at all the decorated and lighted houses.  

We love our ‘50s house, wonderful neighborhood, and great neighbors. Thank you for recognizing us. We hope our yard makes you smile a little in this trying year. Happy Holidays!

Mark and Judi Hoefle
604 Lockwood Drive

November 2020 Yard of the Month

Congratulations to the owners at 619 Greenleaf Drive! Please read what they had to say about their yard

We are so thrilled to have the sign back in our yard! For the last few years we’ve really made an effort to do full seasonal change outs from bulbs in spring to lush colorful annuals in the summer, then autumnal pumpkins, crotons and peppers with a final swap of cabbage, kale, winter floral and conifer greenery at year’s end. Autumn is probably our favorite as it’s the most dramatic change aesthetically. We like to plant large 3 gallon crotons around a tree ring and throughout the larger front bed. A truck load of pumpkins and ornamentals cascading down our short porch steps can make a fun impact and we absolutely love mixing in peppers (black especially), marigolds, and mums in varying sizes and colors as well. Some years we might even have some corn stalks to give the garden some vertical interest. We appreciate the support!

Chris Michero and Steven DePuy

October 2020 Yard of the Month

Congratulations to the owners at 100 North Weatherred Drive! Please read what they had to say about their yard

Over 5 years when we moved to Heights Park we inherited quit a project, THE YARD.  For the next four years we painstakingly completed project after project.  Adding a new sprinkler system, gutters all around the house, all new windows, painted the exterior and the final project changing and adding a new porch to the front.

With all these projects completed I could then plan and execute the yard project.  As you all know it has taken 2 seasons to reach the place we are today.  With the COVID19 stay at home order in late March and April I was able to completely replace a large portion of the grass and continue to add improving the landscape.  Every day during this time it seemed I was raking, bagging trash, laid new grass and going to bed exhausted.  At this point I would like to thank the many neighborhoods that offered their encouraging words “Looking Good” or “I like what you are doing”.  It was this added support that helped me to continue to reach the point that I can be proud of Our Yard. 

Do not get me wrong I still have plenty of work ahead, not to mention the constant maintenance that goes with having 7 mature Oaks in your yard.  I am just much closer to my goal than I was a year ago.

I want to give Thanks to my special husband, Jim, who has never complained I was outside all day and getting nothing done inside.  He has always supported my crazy ideas.  I also want to thank this wonderful neighborhood of ours, I have had so many encouraging comments “Looking Goods” “Good Job” etc. that it has really made this journey a little easier when at times it seemed very difficult.

It is with great honor we display “Yard of the Month” sign in our yard.  Thank you so much for recognizing what hard work looks like.

Karen and Jim Ferguson

September 2020 Yard of the Month

Congratulations to the owners at 823 Ridgedale Drive! Please read what they had to say about their yard

At the time we moved into the Heights Neighborhood around 1966, we had little experience in landscaping. Our education in horticulture was called ‘trial and error’ as google was not available.  It didn’t take long to discover that there was a vast difference in what you desired for your yard and what nature would allow. So began the saga of working around shade and the Texas heat to provide color in our front beds, and under our wonderful stately trees where we planted Asian jasmine and wood fern for ground cover. We discovered that planting caladiums in black liner containers allowed soil to be improved for enhanced growth and recovery of the bulbs to keep for the next season. Philodendron, macho ferns, and elephant ears provide a back drop for the caladiums and thrive in the shade.  Since planted in pots, they are split, and kept for the next season. Texas native plants and succulents do well in the heat and add creative texture to our yard. Over the years, there are few plants that have not visited our yard, many have stayed, and others permanently gone.

It’s hard to remember all of the improvements we have made these many years, but it truly has been “Our own” labor of love ………. Our home and yard, both front and back have served as a haven of fun for our family, neighbors, and friends and also provided a peaceful environment during difficult times, like the one our nation is facing.   

You are welcome to drop by to visit and view our yard and we would like to say…….

THANKS so much for the September Yard of the Month recognition!

Fred & Barbara Ellis

823 Ridgedale Drive

August 2020 Yard of the Month

Congratulations to the owners at 631 Lockwood Drive! Please read what they had to say about their yard

We were very surprised to receive the August Yard of the Month award and appreciate the recognition from our neighbors! 

Our yard looked very different in 2001 when we bought our house!  Untended flowerbeds, decades-old shrubs, no trees in the front yard, only volunteer “trash” trees in the backyard, not a flower in sight – plenty of weeds though!  Reinventing the front yard started when we planted a red oak sapling (now at least 30 ft. tall!) and tiny fig “shrub” (now a beautiful, massive fruit-bearing tree!) in the front yard and continued when we removed old overgrown shrubs and “trash” trees; built the wisteria-bearing arbor; created new flowerbeds; installed a planter and trellis; installed new walkways along the driveway; planted shrubs and flowers; created a springtime wildflower garden; added the water fountain beside our front porch.  Since our yard is a project with no completion date, we’ll keep on planting and modifying, a little here and a little there.

David and Regina Harrison

July 2020 Yard of the Month

Congratulations to the owners at 818 Ridgedale Drive! Please read what they had to say about their yard

Thank you for the honor of receiving July Yard of the Month!  It’s a true labor of love for our family.

We’ve lived here for over 20 years and have learned a lot about what works and what doesn’t work in the yard.  The Yaupons are the only original plant in the front yard.  We recently added two beautiful Red Oaks and a Pistachio tree to replace the Magnolia that we had to part ways with after many years.

We learned early on that our love for plants and a beautiful yard come from working with our Parents and Grandparents and the love they had from working in the soil and the pleasure it gave them.

We figured out early on that perennials were the best way to go for our yard.  From the Irises in early Spring to the Hydrangeas and Hostas that bloom throughout the summer, it’s exciting to see what comes back year after year.

We believe that our yard represents an extension of our home and are pleased to share this with our neighbors, who often compliment and admire what we have done.

We believe that Heights Park is a wonderful place to live!


Kristen Broberg