This month the Rolla Floriculture Club is recognizing the beautiful yard of Ed and Mariann Hubert, located at 1119 Murry Lane. Ed is the friendly gardener/landscape designer behind every inch of this property since 2002 when he and his wife moved in.

This month the Rolla Floriculture Club is recognizing the beautiful yard of Ed and Mariann Hubert, located at 1119 Murry Lane. Ed is the friendly gardener/landscape designer behind every inch of this property since 2002 when he and his wife moved in. As an avid St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan, Ed’s enthusiastic spirit spills over into maintaining his green space. Colorful, lush, healthy plants thrive given lots of care through hard working hands. Ed admits he prefers to be outside as much as possible. He remarks “gardening is my stress relief.”

Ed’s passion accelerated when his daughter recommended he focus on planting Missouri native perennials. His yard reflects an eclectic mix of perennials, annuals, grasses, shrubs, trees and potted plants. According to Ed, trying something new or purchasing a needy “bargain” sale plant at a local garden center is commonplace. The challenge is bringing back health to the new found plant and making sure “it will grow where I place it,” he mentions. The goal is to enjoy a living organism for each planting season; in essence Ed states “something new is going on all the time.”

Upon entering the Hubert’s house, (front walkway), one is greeted with prolific mounding bright pink poppy mallow, purple spiderwort, dainty yellow coreopsis, Missouri primrose, delicate red Indian pink, and purple Veronica speedwell. A red Cardinals baseball ‘garden flag’ hangs proudly on the nearby light post. To the right, sitting on top of a tall wrought iron ornament, sit two bird figurines donning red mini St. Louis Cardinals batter’s helmets. Accenting the eye-catching bed of plants include; red salvia, ornamental blue fescue, moss phlox, and lovely red, purple, and white petunias. A small stepping stone embossed with the words “Dad’s Garden” sits on the brick bed border.

A showy blend of tall pink coneflowers compliment brilliant yellow bearded coneflowers along the east side of the Hubert home. This border is flanked by a majestic red rose bush. One will also notice deep red gladiola spikes peeking out in the background.

Approaching the backyard gate, one’s attention is drawn to orange blooms topping a stately trumpet creeper while magnificent red hibiscus (dinner plate sized) beckon a closer look. These bright blooms attract nearby hummingbirds as well as adjoining russet-orange daylily and towering red canas. Pale purple hosta, yellow sedum, and mums are positioned forefront the taller plants along this backyard fence.

Yellow ice plant (succulent) provide a dense groundcover, blanketing the earth next to nearby flowing ornamental plume grass. Soon juicy red tomatoes and sweet watermelon will ripen in Ed’s expanding backyard retreat. At the moment he’s on the hunt for a gorgeous red cardinal flowering plant.