August Yard of the Month
August may be the most difficult month to present a lovely landscape in Virginia, yet with year-long care a yard can be beautiful even in the dog days of summer. This is the case with 11312 Longtown Dr, the home of Doug and RuthAnn Claude. The Claudes have lived in Collington for 5 years and have planted numerous ornamental trees in the front yard including Japanese Maple, Dogwoods, Japanese Cherry, Purple Plum and a Nectarine tree. A striking red crepe myrtle adds a summer focal point as it frames the house. Begonia and Knockout roses add a splash of color in the interesting shaped front yard beds. The lawn is green, healthy and manicured. The Claudes obviously enjoy their backyard with continued plantings to make a park like setting. RuthAnn says she battles deer and uses frequent spraying of chemical deer deterrents. Her tip for her neighbors is to “tidy the beds a little each week” so the weeds stay in control. Collington thanks the Claudes for giving us a lovely yard to enjoy.