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Celebrating Summer! Congratulations, June & July Yard of the Month Winners!

Keep Denton Beautiful started the 2020 Yard of the Month season awarding the winning yard for the Yard of the Month program through a public vote on our Facebook page. In July, we transitioned back to our typical process - leaving door hangers to notify residents of their nomination and awarding one yard as their district's winner.

In these summertime yards, you'll find a wide variety of native species. These Texas natives can hold their own in the heat with minimal need for supplemental watering. Environmentally friendly and beautiful- seems like a win-win to us!

Just a few of the plants you'll find:

918 N. Elm St. - boxwood, hollies, lorpetulum, spirea, & Variegated Loripe
2528 Jamestown Ln. - Gulf Muhly grass, phlox, Mexican petunia,Texas rock rose, Gaura, & Yucca

1613 Amherst Dr. - salvia, lilies, coneflowers, creeping phlox, Turk's cap, and a Live Oak tree
715 Gober. St - blue agave, elephant ears, marigolds, sweet potato plants, cedar tree
1333 Cambridge Ln. - Echinacea, pink coneflowers, lamb's ear, Hosta, ferns, Redbud and Acer trees
414 Parkway St. - Impatiens, boxwood, hollies, Vinca major, Dwarf Nandina, oak & crepe myrtle trees

June Winning Yards

July Winning Yards

What to Plant in Denton this June

The sun is finally shining, and that Texas summer heat is starting to creep in. This month, those heat-tolerant plants are ready to grow and bloom! You may have already noticed the multi-colored flowers of Lantana – an annual plant that behaves like a perennial in Denton’s warm climate – blooming around town (see picture below). Tropical flowers such as hibiscus can soak up sunshine in a permanent pot, and will enjoy the extra rainfall we have experienced this spring.

Photo of trailing Lantana via Southern Nevada Water Authority

June is a great time to add mulch in your garden to improve aesthetics, enhance soil conditions, and conserve moisture as the summer heat returns to North Texas. Add mulch around, but not touching, your plants. At KDB, we are big on proper mulching technique to grow healthy trees – and for garden plants, the same rules apply! Check out this article from the experts at Casey Trees for some great tips on how to mulch trees and plants.

Crape (or crepe) myrtles will soon be blooming everywhere. June is the perfect time to choose a crape myrtle tree to plant. Because they are in the height of their season, you can find a tree that produces blossoms in the exact color that you prefer. Crape myrtle flowers range from white to light pink, to a nearly-red fuchsia color.

Photo of crape myrtle blossoms via One Snap Photo Journal

All that hard work in your vegetable garden is finally paying off! With our late rains this season, tomatoes are just beginning to ripen, and summer squash will soon follow. Check out seasonal veggie recipes from our friends at Cardo’s Farm Project and Earthwise Gardens to get creative and put your home-grown bounty to (delicious) use.

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Photo of summer squash and tomatoes by KDB


 

For more advice on home gardening and plant care, check out tips from the Denton County Master Gardener Association,the Denton County AgriLife Extension Office, and Dennis’ Farm Store.

And be sure to buy your starters, seeds and supplies from our local partners Painted Flower Farm and Four Seasons Nursery. KDB members receive a special discount at each of these nurseries, so become a member today!

As always, happy planting from all of us at KDB!

What to Plant in Denton this May

Although May can be a bit too hot for adding new plants to the garden, there is always maintenance to be done! We put together a few plants that can tolerate being planted in the summer heat, as well as some tips on tending to your existing plants.

Adapted to living in dry, desert-like conditions, succulents are easily-maintained choices for summer planting. Succulents are plants that store water in their leaves; all cacti are succulents, but not all succulents are cacti. Choose a few varieties of succulents and plant them in an area that receives plenty of sunlight. The differences in their shapes and colors make for interesting planter arrangements!

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Photo of succulents via WordPress

Summer is a great time to add herbs to your veggie garden. Mint, rosemary, and thyme are all classics that provide ground cover as well as excellent cooking assets. Dill is another herb option, and happens to be a favorite for butterflies! Black Swallowtail Butterflies use dill as a host plant, meaning that they lay their eggs in its leaves.

Photo of Eastern Black Swallowtail by Jim Brock via Fairfax County Public Schools
Photo of Eastern Black Swallowtail by Jim Brock via Fairfax County Public Schools

Blackberries are a summer favorite, but can be rather intrusive. For this reason, plant blackberries in an area of your garden that has plenty of space for the plant to spread. Typically, blackberries will bear fruit in late summer, from July to August. Newly planted blackberries will not likely produce much fruit this summer, but will provide bountiful berries in years to come!

Photo of blackberry blossom by Haley Pittman
Photo of blackberry blossom by Haley Pittman

In May, old blossoms should be pruned from spring flowering annuals. Snipping off the dead flowers is called dead-heading. This a great way to maintain your garden – preventing the plant from producing seed pods will encourage more blooming.

Watch for insect invasion and contact Denton Master Gardeners or Texas A&M Agrilife Extension if you can’t identify the insect. Hand-picking bugs off of plants and dropping them into a bucket of soapy water is the least expensive and most organic way to treat, but can be impractical. Do a bit of research to find other organic pest-control methods before resorting to toxic chemicals.

Careful maintenance of your plants now, plus a little organic fertilizer, will help them remain healthy during the summer and prepare them for a final fall show!


As always, happy planting from all of us at KDB!

For more advice on pruning and planting, check out some tips from our friends with the Denton County Master Gardener Association and the Denton County AgriLife Extension Office.

Finally, be sure to buy your starters, seeds and supplies from our local partners Painted Flower Farm and Four Seasons Nursery and get a KDB members-only discount when you renew your membership for 2015! Just show your KDB membership card at checkout.