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The McKinney Green Gardens merge resource-efficient plants and residential garden design to promote the effective use of water conservation in urban environments. This park consists of six small gardens, nine different turfgrass areas, and a central congregation space connected by winding paths and ornamental grasses. The six theme gardens showcase plants which attract butterflies or wildlife, create the feel of a cottage garden, embody a distinctly native theme, or are ideal for enjoying the garden even at twilight. All plant materials are native or well adapted to North Texas and can be used with confidence in the McKinney area.

mgg-benchWith this installation, the City of McKinney displays its dedication to conserving natural resources, educating the public about proven conservation practices, and creating beautiful outdoor spaces for all to enjoy.

McKinney Green Gardens is a one-of-a-kind demonstration that leads by example using resource-efficient plants, highly efficient irrigation systems, and best Texas garden practices to create a garden that employs ecologically sensitive green design.

McKinney Green Gardens is a product of a partnership with the City of McKinney and the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Urban Solutions Center.

Plant List
  • Calylophus
  • 'Hinckley's' Columbine
  • Horseherb
  • Liriope
  • 'Emerald Pink' Phlox
  • 'John Fanick' Phlox, summer
  • Rain Lily
  • Shrubby Skullcap
  • Society Garlic
  • Woodviolet
Ornamental Grass
  • Gulf Coast Muhly Grass
  • Hamlen Grass
  • Lindheimer's Muhly Grass
  • Weeping Lovegrass
Ornamental Tree
  • Carolina Buckthorn
  • Chinese Pistache
  • 'Glendora White' Crape Myrtle
  • Desert Willow
  • Eve's Necklace
  • Goldenball Leadtree
  • Mexican Buckeye
  • Possumhaw Holly
  • 'Forest Pansy' Redbud
  • Roughleaf Dogwood
  • Vitex
  • Yaupon Holly
Shade Tree
  • Bur Oak
  • Eastern Red Cedar
  • Lacey Oak
  • Shantung Maple
  • Agarita
  • American Beauty Berry
  • Aromatic Sumac
  • Bearded Iris, white
  • Bridal Wreath Spirea
  • 'Black Knight' Butterfly Bush
  • Butterfly
  • Gaura/Whirling
  • Butterflies
  • Coneflower, purple
  • Coralberry
  • 'Rose Creek' Dwarf Abelia
  • 'Nana' Dwarf Yaupon Holly
  • Fall Aster
  • Forsythia
  • Frog Fruit
  • 'Floristan Violet' Gayfeather
  • Hamlen Fountain grass
  • Lamb's Ear
  • 'New Gold' Lantana
  • 'Radiation' Lantana
  • Leatherleaf Mahonia
  • Mexican Mint Marigold
  • Oxeye Daisy
  • 'Butterfly Blue' Pincushion flower
  • Powis Castle Artemsia
  • 'Belinda's Dream' Rose
  • 'Knock Out' Rose
  • 'Nearly Wild' Rose
  • Rose of Sharon (Althea)
  • 'Red Cascade' Rose
  • 'Hills Hardy' Rosemary
  • Autumn Sage
  • Mealy Blue Sage
  • Texas Sage
  • St. John's Wort
  • Turkscap, red
  • 'Purple Homestead' Verbena
  • Violet Silverleaf
  • Dwarf Wax Myrtle
  • Winter Honeysuckle
  • Yucca, red
  • Soft Leaf Yucca
  • Weeping Yucca
  • Zexmenia
  • Cavalier Zoysiagrass
  • Crowne Zoysiagrass
  • Palisades Zoysiagrass
  • Prairie Buffalograss
  • Premier Bermudagrass
  • St. Augustinegrass
  • Tall Fescue
  • Tifton 10
  • Zorro Zoysiagrass