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Regional Picks: Deer-Resistant Plants – Southern Plains

Fine Gardening - Issue 169

1. Esperanza

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 found…

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