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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 July

It may not feel like it, but July is the time to start prepping your garden for fall!

Naturally, July calls for a beautiful Independence Day garden arrangement. Fill a pot with red, white, and blue petunias for a classic, all-American look. Or, use flowers and plants in your decorations. Dried onion heads are a surprisingly perfect plant for 4th of July centerpieces – they happen to look a lot like fireworks! Save the seeds afterwards to plant again in the spring.

Make use of wildflower seeds and plant discounts through your KDB Membership to provide teaching opportunities for kids. Little gardeners can grow their own Victory Garden, or throw out seeds, water, and watch them sprout!

Photo of onion flower by Daniel Young
Photo of onion flower by Daniel Young

For fall-harvest fruits, add tomato plants to your vegetable garden now. However, don’t let your tomatoes dry out in the heat – plant them somewhere where they will receive partial shade in the afternoons. These plants will begin to produce fruit when the temperatures drop in the fall.

Photo of tomato plant via Plant University
Photo of tomato plant via Plant University

Throughout the season, harvest your annual herbs, such as basil. Be sure to let these plants grow back – if you allow them to continue growing, your herbs will last through August!


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 to get a KDB members-only discount! Just show your KDB membership card at checkout.

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

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!