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If you haven’t driven through the College Place subdivision adjacent to the University of South Carolina at Lancaster on Hubbard Drive, you are missing a treat.
Not only is the development beginning to fill with beautiful homes, the lawns are immaculately landscaped.
One of those yards is especially eye-catching and grabbed the attention of Lancaster Garden Club member Joyce Morin.
Morin said the yard of George and Yvonne Dobson, at 1040 Lyndon Drive, really stands out.
“This yard shows a beautiful use of ornamental trees, shrubs and greenery,” Morin said. “It’s a terrific backdrop for the changing seasons,” she said. “The house looks wonderful each day of the year, and they can just switch out annuals and container plantings for fun each season.”
The Lancaster Council of Garden Clubs agreed with Morin’s assessment and awarded the Dobsons with the September Yard of the Month designation.
A carpet of lush emerald zoysia grass connects sculpted groupings of shrubs, ornamental grasses, trees, and flowers. Such variety provides a myriad of colors and textures year round.
In the front yard, the blend of purple and green leaves of the rose creek abelias accompanied by the green waxy foliage of low maintenance Indian hawthornes create a beautiful contrast of color. Hearty daylilies nestled between Indian hawthornes continue to display fading summer blooms.
A red maple with bright green leaves that are slowly beginning to transform into deep shades of autumn anchors this grouping.
Selections such as compact kaleidoscope abelia, which will soon deepen to a fiery orange fall color are planted alongside virburnum (a deciduous shrub) with firepower nandina cleverly placed beside pointed evergreen sky pencil hollies display year round color.
Along the driveway, a crepe myrtle provides height while the soft autumn plumes of fountain grass and ever popular knockout roses complete the setting. Tall pointed arborvitae (from the cypress family) flank oak leaf hollies, Edward Goucher abelias and little princess spirea in front of the Dobson home.
George, a Springs Industries retiree since 1998, does all the lawn maintenance and has even added a few structural enhancements. He recently built a pergola, along with a composite deck and a workshop.
“After working 42 years with Springs, I wanted to stay busy in retirement too,” he said. “I enjoy taking care of the yard, but I also like doing projects around the house.”
Another of George’s special projects on a much smaller scale is building bluebird boxes. Several are posted throughout the yard where they can easily be found by nesting bluebirds.
“We have the bluebird boxes and hummingbird feeders throughout the yard so we can relax and enjoy watching the birds,” Yvonne said.
George takes pride in caring for the zoysia grass himself, although he admits getting help from the experts to do it. He follows a maintenance schedule developed by John Deere Landscapes in Rock Hill, to keeps the grass properly fertilized and weeds to a minimum.
“When the grass looks good, it complements the rest of the plant material in the yard,” he said.
The Dobsons received a $25 gift certificate from Ace Hardware and Garden Center of Lancaster.
To nominate someone for Yard of the Month, call Jackie Palmer at (803) 283-4562.