Cindi Sokol’s landscaping is a good example of what a front yard in a tree city can look like. It is a wooded front yard with low understory plants that accent the mid-century modern home in Atlanta. Trees on the property include red oak (Quercus rubra), post oak (Quercus stellata), tulip poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera), sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua), hemlock (Tsuga canadensis), downy serviceberry (Amelanchier arborea), chalk maple (Acer leucoderme), and more. Shrubs planted under the trees are oakleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia), smooth hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens), native azaleas (Rhododendron spp), and sweetshrub (Calycanthus floridus). There are Christmas ferns (Polystichum acrostichoides), netted chain fern (Woodwardia areolata), resurrection fern (Pleopeltis polypodioides), ebony spleenwort (Asplenium platyneuron), along with woodland wildflowers. Cindi received a sliver award for planting and preserving native plants.


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