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Regional Picks: Underused Perennials – Southeast

Fine Gardening - Issue 187

1. Oldham’s Gold False Foxglove

Name: Titanotrichum oldhamii

Zones: 7–10

Size: 12 to 14 inches tall and wide

Conditions: Partial sun to full shade; average soil

Native Range: Taiwan, adjacent regions of China, and the Ryukyu Islands of Japan

Color is hard to come by in the late-summer-to-early-fall shade garden, so why isn’t this easy-to-grow perennial more widely seen? Succulent stems emerge in mid to late spring bearing extremely fuzzy, dark green foliage. In September and into October, the stems are topped with spikes of luscious gold flowers with a burgundy red throat. This surprisingly hardy member of the African violet clan will slowly spread to make a respectable patch in loose, organic soil with even moisture.


2. Angel Earrings® Cascading Fuchsia

Name: Fuchsia ‘Sanihanf’

Zones: 7–9

Size: 2 feet tall and 3 feet wide

Conditions: Partial sun to partial shade; average soil

Native Range: Proprietary hybrid created in Japan

Have you fallen for beautiful…

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