Woodland Garden wrapped in yearlong color

The Edmond Yard of the Week winner this week is a beautiful home located on a large corner lot in The Estates II at Coffee Creek. Mike and Renee Johnson’s home is at 332 Shortgrass Road. They have owned the home for 18 years and each year the landscape matures. 

Renee is a retired Edmond School teacher and her husband, Mike has a horticulture degree from Texas A & M.   Renee is a Master Gardener from the Oklahoma County Extension Center. She handles the flower beds and Mike handles the expansive lawn. For both it is a labor of love.

They have no fencing around the property but have maintained their privacy with the natural forest that runs along the creek behind their home. The developer safeguarded the Blackjack Oak and Elm while developing the lots. Protecting existing trees is a crucial step more developers need to do to protect the timber ridge that runs through the eastern part of our city. The many wildlife including deer, rabbits, armadillos, squirrels and geese enjoy the safe haven.  

During this heat wave of well over 100 degrees their yard looks magnificent. The results are from irrigation, watering in the early morning and a strong knowledge from Mike of when and what products to apply to their property. They have never had anyone else work on their landscape. Much of the health of their beds is due to the use of large amounts of peat moss to amend the red clay famous in Oklahoma.

Renee’s favorite colors are bright green and purple. She uses contrasting colors from the color wheel to add depth and color throughout the year. The mailbox is covered in dark green Autumn Clematis which begins blooming in mid-August signally the beginning of school. She uses the following plants in her beds which wrap completely around the front of their home: Purple Heart, yellow lantana, Margarita sweet potato vine, sedum, white vinca, moneywort miniature crepe myrtles, and varying types of coleus since it now comes in so many colors and textures.

A beautiful cart is filled with season specific items — right now white caladiums, in the fall pumpkins, wrapped presents at Christmas and in the springtime giant Easter eggs. 

The home is framed by mature Blue Atlas Cedar and the corners are punctuated with Horstmann Dwarf Cedar.  They have added additional trees such as Oklahoma Redbuds for spring color and Autumn Blaze and October Glory Maples for bright bold fall color.

Rene loves large pots of all shapes and colors. Her grouping of varying shapes of pots with Tropical Hibiscus, coleus, lantana and sweet potato vine add a graceful beauty to the driveway. At the front of the garage three vary large pots are filled Arborvitae with Margarita vines and verbena draping gently over the edge of the pot.

This week’s winner is an excellent example of a mature landscape which has been well maintained and continually enhanced with color and texture through the growing season.

The Johnsons will receive a $50 gift card from TLC Garden Centers and a six-month subscription to The Edmond Sun to show our sponsors’ appreciation of keeping Edmond Beautiful.

Please nominate a beautiful garden within our city limits by calling the Edmond Chamber of Commerce at 405 341-2808.