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Regional Picks: Plant It And Forget It – Southeast

Fine Gardening – Issue 179


Zones: 48

Size: 3 to 4 feet tall and 3 feet wide

Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; average to moist soil, will tolerate sandy or clay soils

‘Pink Frost’ is a stunning Joe-Pye weed for the back of the border. Its variegated, creamy, yellow- to white-edged leaves make an impact on their own; add the mauve-pink blooms in late summer, and you have a winner. ‘Pink Frost’ can handle moderate to dry soil but would like a drink in drought conditions. It attracts butterflies but not deer or rabbits. ‘Pink Frost’ may get leggy, so make sure to plant it with good companion plants in the front to cover this possibility.



Zones: 49

Size: 2 to 3 feet tall and 1 to 2 feet wide

Conditions: Partial to full shade; average to wet soil

‘Hot Lips’ is an outstanding selection of a North American native. Clear, rose-pink flowers resembling turtles’ heads bloom along the stems…

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