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Regional Picks: Plant This, Not That – Mountain West

Fine Gardening - Issue 153


Overused: Lilac

(Syringa vulgaris cvs.)

Photo: Joshua McCullough

1. Beautybush

Name: Kolkwitzia amabilis

USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 to 9

Size: 10 to 12 feet tall and wide

Conditions: Full sun to filtered shade; adaptable to a range of soils

If you’re looking for a spring-flowering plant with multiseasonal interest, consider beautybush, with its upright vase shape and dense, finely textured, arching branches. For two weeks in late spring, the plant is covered with bell-shaped pink flowers. Fall foliage ranges from yellow to cinnamon, and winter reveals unique, exfoliating, light gray-brown bark. Beautybush tolerates dry soil once established and elevations up to 7,500 feet. It benefits from hard pruning and is deer resistant.


Lead Plant
Photo: millettephotomedia.com

Russian sage

Overused: Russian sage

(Perovskia atriplicifolia)

Photo: Michelle Gervais

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