The Washington Times-Herald

October 2, 2013

Sama home named Garden of the Month

The Washington Times-Herald

---- — Passing the house of Lisa and Danny Sama you will feel compelled to stop and relax on the porch while enjoying their beautiful yard located at 904 Biddinger Lane.

The landscaping is contained by a curved retaining wall filled with red crushed brick on three sides of the house. The landscaping consists of various perennials including boxwood, holly, hostas, liriope, daylilies, dianthus, stone crop, sedum, pampas grass, rudebeckia and a weeping cherry tree.

Among the plants you will find various metal sculptures such as a praying mantis. Also included is an old wheelbarrow filled with purple petunias. Although Lisa does give Danny credit for the curved wall, she stated that she is the one tending the plants.

An interesting shrub, a low growing, broad, compact, deciduous was a problem to identify but is in fact commonly known as wild snowball or New Jersey tea.

The dark green leaves of the wild snowball are irregularly toothed, two to three inches long, softly hairy or nearly hairless beneath. It produces profuse white flower clusters during June and July. Their ability to draw bees is a plus for pollination of garden plants. Ideally you would plant in full sun with fertile, well-drained soil but will tolerate poor growing conditions.

Climbing the brick semi-circle steps to the front porch you will be greeted with planters of purple petunias hanging from the railing, Boston ferns and keeping with the season, mums and scarecrows highlights the area. Also on the porch reads a sign that sums it up, “Enter as strangers, leave as friends.”