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August Yard of the Month: Well kept and full of color

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Snipes' modern home has classic style

By Sherry Archie

An inviting front porch and yard filled with an assortment of blooms and foliage at the home of Tony and Nancy Snipes caught the attention of Sara Phillips, Leaf & Petal Garden Club member. She selected their home, at 1970 Robert H. Kirk Road, as the August Yard of the Month.

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“From the white crepe myrtles that frame the driveway to the front plantings highlighting the front porch, this yard is well kept and full of color,” Phillips said.

The Snipes built their home in 2000 and have done all the landscaping along the way with a little help from their friends.  

“Betty McCorkle helped us lay out the beds and decide where we needed to place the plants, trees, and bushes.  She even gave us lots of plants which helped us tremendously,” said Nancy. “We have found the plants our family and friends have given us seem to be the ones that have lasted the longest in our yard.”

Their curvy sidewalk creates a beautiful walkway alongside foundation beds featuring a clematis vine thriving on a lamp post. Here, a tall crepe myrtle provides a little shade to this mostly sunny location. 

Shrubs neatly trimmed in square shapes surround the front porch with hibiscus, stella d’oro day lilies and variegated monkey grass providing color in both blooms and foliage. Bright orange blooms of lantana spill over the top of a large planter in this bed adding even more color.  Here a tree stump serves as a stand for a basket filled with annuals.  

This welcoming entrance leads to the porch steps, lined with planters filled with draping sweet potato vines, butterfly grass, and begonia lead to the porch filled with rockers and a swing.  Phillips says this setting invites visitors to “sit a spell” and relax.

The Snipes combine sections of pine straw mulch with small red rocks.  The rocks create an easy path for stepping stones and add contrast with the pine straw.   Tony says A&T Lawncare helps them keep the pine straw fluffy and full.

Three Bradford pears line the left side of their yard with several red maples bordering the right.  These were all planted by the Snipes and began as saplings.   Most now hold birdhouses created by Tony.  

“Making these birdhouses is a hobby of mine.  We enjoy sitting on the porch and watching the bird families that make these houses their homes,” said Tony.

As Yard of the Month winners, the Snipes will receive a $25 gift certificate complements from The Home Depot.   If you would like to nominate a yard for Yard of the Month, please contact Jeri Sullivan at 285-3369.