September 12, 2022 · Filed Under Events and News 

Summer 2022’s brutal drought didn’t put a dent in the plantings in the front yard at 4016 El Campo Avenue. Thanks to drip irrigation and two large live oaks, the shady yard managed to make it through the long dry spell without any plants dying. The big rains at the end of August immediately popped everything back to life.

This month’s winner at 4016 El Campo Avenue is an excellent example of a successful shade garden.

The front yard was designed over a number of years by owner Sandra Grace Jackson who sold her home seven months ago. When Sandra initially bought the newly built house in 2013, she faced a completely barren landscape shaded by two magnificent veteran live oak trees. She wanted a low maintenance yard. Step one was adding good soil.

Sandra settled on hostas, perennial wood ferns, and variegated flax lilies. She filled in large sections with Endless Summer hydrangeas that are specially bred for the alkaline soil that prevails in Arlington Heights. For more color accents, Sandra invested in a Dwarf Weeping Japanese maple, a Coral Bark Japanese maple, and a Bloodgood Japanese maple. A bed of Creeping Jenny has slowly filled in the area between the sidewalk and the street.

The Yard of the Month award includes a $25 gift certificate to Archie’s Gardenland, courtesy of Arlington Heights Neighborhood Association, and a free year’s membership in AHNA.

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