Toni Moorehead, an avid blogger on all things gardening, recently wrote, "A day without dirt under your nails is like a day without sunshine." Toni and Dile Moorehead's Grapevine home is a tribute to that spirit. The landscape includes seasonal beds of daffodils, tulips and red poppies, a strong composition of potted plants, aged trees and stone creek beds, and an artful arrangement of ceramic statues, casual seating and a unique water fountain.
The gardeners: The Mooreheads enjoy every aspect of nature in their back yard. When Toni isn't writing gardening tips on her blog, she's thinking of her plants. Toni refers to her husband, Dile, as "her biggest fan." "He is glad to mow or help out with the weedeating," she says. "I am the designer -- picking and choosing where beds get to go."
When the family moved into their home in 1998, Toni envisioned a landscape sculpted by her shade and sun-loving beds.
The Mooreheads installed multiple flagstone walkways to guide visitors around the serene space, and a dry creek bed for drainage purposes and added detail.
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The landscaping has been a work in progress since the late '90s. They started with land that was little more than dirt. Today, the yard includes lush Texas-hardy plants, wildlife and ponds.
The highlights: The landscape is captivating with perennial beds, pops of color, buzzing wildlife and the relaxing sound of water streaming into the pond. Follow the path, and along the way you'll pass a bed of salvia, colorful rain lilies, and Japanese maples. Large magnolia trees provide shade for passing turtles and lizards.
You will find more than plants in the Moorehead garden. "I love rocks and stones," Toni says. "I had to create a dry creek bed full of river stones and border my beds with a variety of them taken from our travels." The pond next to the deck is full of river rocks and lily pads, a relaxing element to the space.
"I can't get enough of it," Toni says about her garden. "If I am not happy with a bed as a whole, I will move it. A garden should look good even in the dead of the winter." Toni also says she has nearly 80 pots filled with plants scattered throughout her landscape.
The Mooreheads love to share their passion for gardening with others. "I'm constantly helping my friends or at my church and passing tips on my blog," Toni says.
A few of Toni's "trooper" plants: Salvia greggii, zexmenia, purple heart, "Azure Skies" heliotrope, "John Fanick" summer phlox, Turk's cap and cannas.
Lessons learned: "It's a learning process," Toni says. "I love to take challenges and keep adding or playing with beds." Toni, who designs a bed a year, is not afraid to move anything.