The Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree

The Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree

from the garden of Beth DiGioia, Resident Gardener Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree (Ficus lyrata) You can’t pick up a shelter magazine lately without seeing this tall, columnar and sculptural house plant.  This plant is hot!  Named for its large, violin-shaped leaves, the Fiddle...
McKinney Gardens: Basil

McKinney Gardens: Basil

from the garden of Beth DiGioia, Resident Gardener I make it a point to ask people what their favorite herb is and often the response is “basil”. Basil (Ocimum basilicum) is known as the “King of Herbs” and has been a favorite herb since ancient times.  In Rome, basil...
McKinney Gardens: Autumn Sage

McKinney Gardens: Autumn Sage

from the desk of Beth DiGioia, Resident Gardener August Gardening Tip   Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii) is a favorite perennial because the plants are available in beautiful flower colors, are disease and pest resistant and they tolerate our heat and humidity well....
McKinney Gardens: Beth’s Gardening Tips

McKinney Gardens: Beth’s Gardening Tips

from the Garden of Beth DiGioia, Resident Gardener If you want to be picking fresh, ripe tomatoes from now until Thanksgiving, now is the time to plant your favorite variety! The warm soil will prompt quick growth and by the time the plants are mature enough to...
McKinney Gardens: Night Blooming Cereus

McKinney Gardens: Night Blooming Cereus

Night Blooming Cereus Epiphyllum oxypetalum Night blooming Cereus, also known as Queen of the Knight, is a member of the cactus family.  It’s a rather unassuming and clumsy-looking plant with large paddle-shaped leaves (technically flattened stems that function as...

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