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Regional Picks: Plant It And Forget It – Southern Plains

Fine Gardening – Issue 179
1. Blue Puffball™ Chaste Tree   Name: Vitex angus-castus ‘PIIVAC-I’ Zones:6–9 Size: 3 to 4 feet tall and wide Conditions: Full sun; average to dry soil Finally, a chaste tree for small spaces. Blue Puffball™ compresses everything we love about Vitex— rich, blue summer blooms, textured foliage­—into the first truly dwarf variety. With its small stature, Blue Puffball™ fills numerous roles in the landscape: Plant singly as an accent or a specimen; mass in beds and borders for long-season color; or pot it up for a showy patio container. Its flowers attract butterflies, hummingbirds, and bees, while its willowy, gray-green foliage remains disease free throughout the season. And, once established, chaste tree is drought tolerant.     2. Low Scape® Mound Aronia   Name: Aronia melanocarpa ‘UCONNAM165’ Zones:3–9 Size:12 to 24 inches tall and 18 to 24 inches wide Conditions:Full sun to partial shade; adaptable to a wide range of…

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