The following are Yards of the Week in Dunkirk for the week of June 14:
The front yard of 11 North Roberts Road has been transformed into a beautiful garden spot. Creek stone walks and borders have enhanced the beauty of the elegant, spacious gardens with perennials, trees and black mulch. Glazed pots with annuals complete the dream garden. A nice feature is a "Save our Lakes" rain barrel that recycles rain water used to provide moisture for the gardens.
Pictured is 49 Marsden St., home of Domenico and Angela Lamattina and third ward yard of the week.
The yard at 66 Pine St. boasts a spectacular Clematis with hundreds of dark purple blooms on a trellis covering the front porch area. A neat little garden space with many pots of annuals can be seen at this address as well.
Both garden winners this week for the second ward take advantage of very special water edge properties. First, is the Lake Erie frontage home of Jon and Sharon Muntz, at 16 Beach Road. This "Better Homes and Garden" worthy location features breathtaking, full surround tailored gardens, shrubs, trees and colorful hanging baskets, tasteful garden sculptures and a pond.
Gerry Sobczak at 504 Woodrow St. has beautifully meandering gardens of great variety and color nestled around his house and along Crooked Brook.
Visitors to the home of Domenico and Angela Lamattina at 49 Marsden St. are greeted by a cottage garden with flourishing johnny jump-ups, spirea, towering foxglove and feverfew. Meticulously manicured lawns lead to the back yard of potted fig trees, raised rose beds and a vegetable garden of potatoes, peas and fava beans for the Lamattina's harvest.
Honorable mention to 702 Washington Ave., where an archway welcomes one to the neat lawn, well trimmed hedges, entrance rose pocket gardens, more climbing roses along the house and butterfly plaques along an attractive side fence.
Phyllis Kaus of 274 Ruggles St. has a lovely serene shade garden with well placed tulip trees and splendid hosta beds blended in with coreopsis and other perennials. The yard also has a nice mix of annuals for color and wonderful curb appeal,
Melissa Krzyzanowicz of 741 Grant Ave. is the second nominee, with landscape paved beds, hanging baskets, annual and perennials nicely mixed in solar lighting and a beautiful red climbing rose on the side of the house.
Landscaper tip of the Week: Container gardens enhance the beauty of porches, and just about anywhere you set them. Raised beds, or raised containers are great for those who have a difficult time kneeling. When planting in containers, plant selection is important. You should have a "thriller," a "filler" and a "spiller." The thriller should be planted in the middle of the pot. This selection should be an eye catcher, a mature plant that stands out. Next the filler is planted around the thriller, with the spiller on the outside. The filler should be upright, but not as tall as the main plant. Obviously the spiller is a trailing plant that spills over the edge of the container. This pattern could be used no matter what shape your container is.
Gardeners are reminded to register for the July 21 Dunkirk Garden Delights Garden Walk. Free forms are available at the Dunkirk Office of Development or online at www.Dunkirktoday.com.