Yard Of The Month: July
The Grand Junction Yard of the Month winner for July is 642 Grand View Drive, and was presented to City council Wednesday.
Marcia Hutson bought her house in September 2001 and has worked on the garden ever since.
This year has been hard on her geraniums since it was cold then got so hot, but it has been a better year for her phlox and hibiscus, Hutson said.
Hutson’s garden is a refreshing mix of annuals, perennials, vines, bushes and trees.
The diversity of plants is amazing. Some combinations are very striking, such as the tiger eye sumac shrub that has some yellow foliage in front of an orange-red trumpet vine. Nearby are yellow coreopsis, which are a favorite with Hutson, and Mexican hairgrass.
A dwarf butterfly bush, euonymus and boxwood, irises, ash leaf spirea are among plants gracing Hutson’s yard, which also features aspen, corkscrew willow and ash trees.
Hutson finds gardening to be great exercise and keeps her young.
— Susan Carter, CSU Extension agent and city of Grand Junction Forestry Board member