The May Garden of the Month is awarded to Amy and Thad Behrens at 1422 Bella Vista.
This thoughtfully designed garden begins with the driveway. Rather than one continuous surface, it is constructed with large section of the concrete separated by ribbons of gravel. The adjoining walkway repeats this design and includes flowerbeds and a seating area with a vintage bench. These elements intentionally provide ample space for visitors to approach the home and enhance the ranch-style home. 
    The flowerbed traces the walkway and adds pizzazz to the area. It includes two striking redbuds while durable perennials such as salvia and gaura add a splash of color and are pollinator magnets. A yucca with contrasting leaf shape and size provides a slice of drama to this tranquil space. The pebble surface walkway borders flowerbeds surrounding the home and invites one for a walk to enjoy the variety of plants. 
    Ending at the flowerbed, is an oversized garden gate. The Behrens planned this size. Now, when they have a gathering of friends, they may call in a taco truck that enters through this side. One may wonder how a truck could fit into the back garden. Those who participate in the upcoming garden tour will see for themselves and be inspired by a delightfully enchanting back garden.
    This garden ends coverage of the three included in the East Dallas Garden Tour. The tour is successful because of the willingness of the homeowners to participate. By doing so, they have put much effort, time, and thought into the gardens. Multiple people are behind the scenes to coordinate this event. They also have spent endless hours and effort to promote this tour. Thank you!