VOLUME 15, ISSUE 26 • June 27, 2019

Neil Sperry editor. Gretchen Drew design and circulation.


I think you're going to enjoy e-gardens this week. I've prepared some special information that's extra important.

In this issue…
• Best crape myrtles by size;
• Time here for fall tomatoes;
• If St. Augustine has invaded bermuda;
• What if hibiscus buds drop; and
• Top tasks as we head into July.

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This book is more of a reference to help you plan and succeed with your Texas landscape and garden.

• Chapter 1 tells you how to do it all ("basics"), and
• Chapter 2 tells you when to do everything (calendar),
• Then, Chapters 3-11 tell you what you need to know for trees, shrubs, vines, groundcovers, annuals, perennials, lawns, fruit and vegetables.
• 344 pages and 840 of my best photos.
• Hardback, printed on high-quality paper and printed in Texas.

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Photo: Large decorative pots in Downtown McKinney feature purple fountaingrass surrounded by Pineapple coleus and ornamental sweet potatoes.


Gardening This Weekend

It's your last weekend of June. And then the summer kicks in for real. I've made a list of the most critical things you'll want to get done as soon as you can. Please take a quick look.

Photo: Cicada killer is a beneficial predator, but don’t antagonize them.


Best Crape Myrtles for Texas

We with the Crape Myrtle Trails of McKinney have been watching our favorite plants for 20 years now, and we've narrowed the list down to those we consider the best. Click to see which made the cut.

Photo: Variety 'Lipan' blooming on Eldorado Parkway 1.5 miles east of US 75 in McKinney.


Time Here for Fall Tomatoes - Now!

I've been preaching this gospel for 45 years, and maybe we're picking up a few disciples each year. The message: to have tomatoes for harvest this fall, you have to plant transplants by the first week of July. Let's talk it over!

Photo: Fall tomatoes will be your best tomatoes.


Question of the Week - Number 1: June 27, 2019

"How can I stop my neighbor's St. Augustine from invading my bermuda lawn?"

That's a very challenging question. I'll do my best to help you.

Photo: And here is how it all starts as St. Augustine revs up its invasion.


Question of the Week - Number 2: June 27, 2019

"Why do my tropical hibiscus and roses-of-Sharon drop so many buds?"

Many of us face this same problem. I'll explain the causes.

Photo: Tropical hibiscus is symbol of summer.


And, in closing…

That's it for e-gardens for this week. We'll be back a day or two early next week because we'll be pretending to be normal - doing things with our families over the 4th, too.

Until then, check out my Facebook page. Visit my website where you can find podcasts of my programs. Or tune me in live this weekend on radio. It ought to be a great time to call in your gardening questions. Here are the times:

Statewide Lawn and Garden Hour (airs on 30 stations Sat. 11:06 until noon) Call (888) 256-1080.

• KLIF 570AM (airs Sat. 1-3 p.m.) Call (888) 787-5543.

• WBAP 820AM (airs Sun. 8-10 a.m.) Call (800) 288-9227.

Have a great weekend, friend. Until next week…

Happy Gardening!


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