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Forty-three years ago, the sparse landscaping of Frank and Ann Ferguson’s yard at 962 Anderson Road consisted of a few small trees and rocks.
Most weekends, the Fergusons could be found picking up rocks until they could plant grass.
All that work has finally paid off. Now, six large oak trees form a canopy covering the entire front and back lawns.
The Fergusons gradually added shade-loving plants to transform their yard into a neighborhood showplace.
Peggy Little of The Lancaster Garden Club admires their hard work. She selected their yard as the August Yard of the Month, sponsored by the Lancaster Council of Garden Clubs.
“Ann loves to work in her yard and it certainly shows,” Little said. “Her yard is filled with beautiful plants and flowering shrubs, proving that even in the shade, a yard can be beautiful.”
Large mounds of hearty liriope grow, surrounded by barberry bushes, Deloria hollies, Indian hawthorn and large fernandina. These selections provide a wonderful variety of foliage and textures along the brick edged-sidewalk leading to the front door.
As the oak trees grew, Ann Ferguson said the grass began to be deprived of much-needed sunshine, so they opted to create natural areas throughout their yard. They quickly learned to fill these areas with shade-loving plants, such as seven varieties of hosta, four types of hydrangeas and colorful impatiens. Hosta grows in the spacious natural area along the left side of the back yard. Here, stepping stones lead to a bench offering a beautiful peaceful view of the backyard and the nearby bird feeders.
Hydrangea, filled with large green blooms, surround the back deck, which offers a great vantage point to enjoy the rest of the Ferguson’s yard. Here the couple enjoys morning coffee while watching birds to begin their day.
“The goldfinches love to eat from any of our seven feeders,” Ann Ferguson said. “We also enjoy watching them splashing around in our birdbath.”
A long, natural area in the center of the backyard features a pass-through sidewalk made of tiles surrounded by gold standard hosta and azaleas.
Their screened-in porch with its brick floor, white rockers, Adirondack chairs and wicker settee is a perfect place to relax after a long day.
For their selection as the August Yard of the Month, the Fergusons will receive a $25 gift certificate from Ace Hardware and Garden Center of Lancaster.
To nominate someone for yard of the month, call Jackie Palmer at 283-4562.