16 Curb Appeal: The Gilkie family chooses landscaping

An old home in South Bend is about to get a brand new look thanks to new landscaping from Linton's Enchanted Gardens.

With their local landmark in mind, the Gilkie family took a trip to the Elkhart Garden Center to check out all the plants and possibilities.

The Gilkie family saved this historic home on Sherman Avenue from demolition but while the home was worth saving, the landscaping is not.

No flowers are growing here anymore and these shrubs are overgrown and blocking the elaborate stonework.

So with new landscaping in mind, the Gilkies were invited to Linton's Garden Center on CR17.

With the help of Mark Linton, they put together a list of favorites.

Like the perennial geranium…

“It not only blooms in the springtime but continues to bloom in the summertime,” explains Mark Linton. “All the way up until fall.”

Other old fashioned favorites will join the lineup including hens, chickens and pink hydrangeas.

“It’s one of my personal favorites and it’s the number one seller here at our garden center,” Linton said. “It's the endless summer hydrangea. It repeat blooms all through summertime.”

Perennial ornamental grasses will add texture, color and some bloom in blue.

“These will come back year after year,” he added. “They actually never get any taller than what you see here. This is called a dwarf gold marape and it will send up spikes of true blue flowers.”

Evergreens will add color too with slender cypress trees and shrubs like the gold juniper and the globe blue spruce.

Adding pizazz to this project with potted annuals. These giant tropical elephant ears are a new family favorite
“My favorite is the elephant ear,” said Kamrie Gilkie. “Because I like the color of them and I like that they're big.”

Shundra Gilkie also liked them.

“The first thing that caught my attention was the elephant ears I love those are pretty broad and just wow,” she said.

The wow factor will update the look of the Gilkie home without changing history.

“Its keeping the history of the home and beautifying it yet giving it that extra spark that we're looking for,” added Clinton Gilkie.

In our next Curb Appeal story, we'll show you how Mark Linton plans to use all of those beautiful plants and shrubs.

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