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August Yard of the Month

Sherry Archie


For The Lancaster News

Tucked away in the new subdivision College Place, John and Audrey Hadvab found just the right setting for their home seven years ago. As their home evolved so did their yard.

Working with a landscape designer, they developed a plan filled with low maintenance shrubs and trees. Even after seven years of growth the shrubs, along with perennials they have added, through the years still create a beautiful look.

Helga Penegar with the Green Gardeners Garden Club found the Hadvabs’ yard attractive and selected it as the August Yard of the Month.

“The yard is very neat and the shrubs are beautifully maintained. I especially love the yellow lantana blooming in front of the shrubs,” Penegar said.

The Habvabs’ relocated here to be closer to their daughter, Lynn Ferguson, and her family. Having moved south from Murrysville, Pa., some time ago, they first settled in Savannah Lakes Village in McCormick. They soon found that was a little too far from Lancaster, so they decided to move here.

With the longer growing season here in the south, they have appreciated the low maintenance shrubs. Planting zoysia grass has helped too. John says it’s the last grass to green up in the spring and the first to go dormant in the fall. This translates into less mowing time.

Their house sits perfectly on top of a small hill in a cul-de-sac at 1105 Tarran Court. The driveway is flanked with evergreens and crepe myrtles. You simply cannot miss the bright yellow blooms of the lantana against the variety of green foliage of the abelia, weigela and lorepedulum shrubs along the front of the house. A Japanese maple shrub adds height and its own color show with burgundy leaves in the spring.

A Japanese maple stands tall to the left of the front door surrounded by mounds of golden spirea, waxleaf ligustrum, and clusters of variegated liriope.

A stepping stone pathway leads beside the house to an arbor covered with Carolina jasmine. Inside the arbor a hanging basket is overflowing with petunias and verbena. A Little Gem Magnolia anchors this grouping, alongside tall fountain grass. Another identical magnolia stands on the opposite side of the yard creating symmetry in the design. A flag pole proudly displaying our red, white, and blue has a setting of its own. Here, variegated hollies, spiky perennials and other shrubs create interesting contrasts.

Two willow oaks thrive in the front yard. The beds are bordered with landscaping stones that not only add to the neatness of the look, but they are useful in keeping mulch and soil in place when it rains.

They enjoy maintaining their yard, but are beginning to find it somewhat of a challenge. In fact, Audrey says her plans for the future are to move into a condo and only have a large window box to care for. Although they may be ready to take life a little easier, their yard hasn’t gone lacking. With the help of their grandsons, it’s picture perfect.

The Hadvabs received a $25 gift card, complements of The Home Depot. The Yard of the Month is sponsored by the Lancaster Council of Garden Clubs. If you would like to nominate a Yard of the Month, please contact Jeri Sullivan at (803) 285-3369.