Name: Tecoma stans and cvs.
USDA hardiness zones: 8 to 10
Size: 4 to 6 feet tall and 4 feet wide
Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; neutral to alkaline soil
Esperanza is a great, pest-free native of south Texas and the Trans-Pecos region of the Southwest. While only hardy to Zone 8, it makes a great summer annual farther north. It can be used in large containers or planted in beds to add height and depth. Deer shy away from this plant, which is great because the bright yellow, tubular flowers are eye-catching from a distance. There are other colorful cultivars, as well: ‘Orange Jubilee’, for example, has pure orange blooms. Esperanza is easy to grow and will reward you with many blooms.
2. Texas Mountain Laurel
Name: Sophora secundiflora
Zones: 7 to 10
Size: 10 to 25 feet tall and 8 to 10 feet wide
Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; neutral to alkaline soils
Texas mountain laurel is…
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