Whether you’re sitting on the patio or walking the stone path surrounded by beautiful blooms, the front yard of Don and Debbie York of North Richland Hills is a welcoming space. Follow the flagstone path to a gate alongside the house. The gate marks the entrance to a fun backyard getaway. Both landscapes include shade-loving perennials, potted plants, towering trees, a simple sitting area and a stone bed of river rocks.
Here’s a closer look at this space:
The Yorks designed their landscape with a limited amount of grass — and they don’t miss the maintenance of mowing. “We kept grass in the back for our grandkids and the dog,” Debbie York says. The landscaping has been a work in progress since 1997. They started with a yard that lacked design and or any kind of “wow” factor. Today, they have plenty of textures, color and greenery.
Their woodland-based garden features lush greenery with potted plants for hints of color. The home has a distinctive curb appeal, with a rock retaining wall, flagstone patio and walkway, and perennials. “Our garden is based on layers,” Debbie says. “A variety of textures, hues of green, and there is always something blooming.”
The backyard entrance is defined by the custom-built fence and gate surrounded by a shade garden of ferns, cannas and bulbs. “Its just like another living room for us,” Debbie says about this space. It’s very practical and kid-friendly, with intimate accessories like a sandbox, a classic sitting area and fun hanging baskets.
Some of the Yorks’ favorite plants and trees: phlox, Turk’s cap, Japanese maples, cannas, wood holly, elephant ears.
Lessons learned: “We stay true to the native or well-adapted plants,” Debbie York says. “It’s always a trial-and-error process.” She adds: “Water conservation is an important attribute in our garden. We keep everything organic, protect our landscape and water consumption, and simply enjoy our space.”
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