Self-taught gardener’s showstopper

The Yard of the Week number 12 is a beautiful gem located in the well-established neighborhood of Copperfield. The address is 1200 Charlton Road and the property is owned by Jackie Welch. She is a self-taught gardener greatly influenced by her grandmother, and she is also a member of the Hosta Society.

Jackie has always loved gardening even as a small child. She began her gardening self-education in Mustang. A Koi pond as well as a vegetable garden and flower garden were her first endeavors. Her highly developed gardening skills have transferred well to our Edmond conditions.

Shopping early in the spring helps in finding new and unusual plants for the garden.  From the looks of the overflowing flowerbeds, purple and yellow are her favorite colors.

Alfonso Fuentes and crew, who have been with her many years, help with the planting of newly acquired treasurers. The ecru green moneywort existed when she moved in and now anchors one entire corner

The large Cypress trees on each side of the front window are additions to the original design. A true showstopper is the weeping dark purple crabapple tree. It is loaded with abundant pink blooms in the spring and fruit in the winter to feed the birds who come to visit.

The flowerbed in the center of the front yard catches your eye with the kidney-shaped berm anchored toward the west side of her home. The variety of flowers and plants is amazing. While touring, the front yard butterflies happily danced around the blossoms.  The bed is bordered with ironstone which gives definition to the expansive yard. A deep green-glazed turtle pot is chocked full of Crocosmia Lucifer and grassy plumes of ornamental grass. The lavender blooms of a Purple Passion Cleome (spider flower) found online provides a beautiful backdrop. A magnificent Black Diamond Crape Myrtle “Best Red” anchors the bed along with a weeping evergreen. This year a “Purely Purple” Black Diamond Crape Myrtle was added to the collection. A variegated green and yellow liriope grouping adds color contrast to the deep purple and lavender Cleome making both plants pop.

Coleus in every shape and color is her most favorite plant. You will find a wide variety of coleus in every area of the landscape. A group of three variegated hostas in the corner of the bed were planted for contrast against the large Cypress. Contained within the same bed on the opposite side is Indian Summer Rudbeckia which is an All-American Selection because of its extra large golden yellow flower heads. It blooms all summer long until the first frost. The species does self-seed.

Thanks to our sponsor TLC Garden Centers Jackie Welch will be able to shop even more with a $50 gift card. With a six month subscription to The Edmond Sun from our other sponsor, she will be able to keep up with our city’s news. There are only two more chances to be an Edmond Beautiful Yard of the Week this year so don’t forget to call the Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce at 341-2808 this week to nominate another deserving garden.

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