The Rolla Floriculture Club has chosen 212 Brady Drive as June Yard of the Month. Gordy and Annette Wells had the house built 21 years ago, the second house built in this neighborhood. Gordy, who grew up in St. James, and Annette in Cuba, decided they wanted a house that would be their longtime home, and a great place to raise their boys.
The Rolla Floriculture Club has chosen 212 Brady Drive as June Yard of the Month. Gordy and Annette Wells had the house built 21 years ago, the second house built in this neighborhood. Gordy, who grew up in St. James, and Annette in Cuba, decided they wanted a house that would be their longtime home, and a great place to raise their boys. Both are weekend warrior, do-it-yourselfers, who love landscaping and gardening projects. When they visit different places, they always look for inspiration. Annette and Gordy did all the planning and the labor, to make their yard their own little oasis, with a relaxed atmosphere for entertaining.
Annette loves to find vintage pieces to incorporate into their landscape, while Gordy is the muscle behind the big projects. While traveling, they are always stoping at flea markets and antique shops looking for fun and whimsical pieces to use as planters, or to add character to their wonderful yard. With a backdrop of several unique evergreen trees, bordered with large rocks, their water garden and waterfall has been a home to their Koi fish for many years.
Annette says the children love to feed the fish. Examples of discovered treasures from their travels are the vintage European fire bucket that she uses as a planter, which is overflowing with Lantana, the grain bins hanging on the fence that are full of rose moss, a gate with trailing clematis, and the drift wood that have also become planters. Surprises wait around every corner. Walk to the back yard, and you’ll see many old bicycles with baskets, filled with a variety of annuals and herbs. Annette loves to use galvanized buckets, vintage oil funnels, and watering cans to make planters. Her latest find is a watering trough that she bought from a man that was selling his things along side the road. She has it filled with bacopa, blue bells, scaevola, sedum rupestre, cleome, and angelonia. Throughout the landscape you will find countless pots and planters filled with Mexican petunias, verbena, lobelia, drumstick flower, Mexican hyssop, lemon grass, pineapple sage, viola, superbells, lavender and many others.
When Gordy and Annette started their landscaping, they chose many unique trees and shrubs that add contrast. They both wanted to have uncommon and beautiful back drops in their yard. One of the first to be planted was a Tanyosho Pine, with its unique and distinctive shape. Over the years, they have added many others, including a Weeping Mulberry and Blue Atlas Spruce to the front, on the side a Purple Smoke Tree and in the back, a Weeping Cherry and a Magnolia. Annette, like all gardeners, is always thinking about the next project, before the current one is completed.
When asked about her favorite plants to use, Annette says that she would love to have a year around garden, however living in Missouri makes that an uphill battle. Perennials are always preferred, as well as easy to maintain annuals like Lantana. She loves ornamental grasses because they are eye catching—beautiful as they sway in the breeze.
Gordy and Annette have enjoyed the countless hours of gardening, watering and planning that has gone into their landscape projects and they enjoy working together. Annette stated it’s a great feeling to look around their yard, and see the fruits of their labor, with pieces that have you reminiscing of your travels and road trips. While always looks forward to the next road trip, Annette says, “Keep your eyes open, because you never know what you will find that would look great in the landscape”.