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Regional Picks: Plant This, Not That – Southeast

Fine Gardening - Issue 153
Purple Pixie® Chinese Fringe Flower Japanese barberry

Overused: Japanese barberry

(Berberis thunbergii* cvs.)

Photo: Michelle Gervais

1. Purple Pixie® Chinese Fringe Flower

Name: Loropetalum chinense ‘Peack’

USDA Hardiness Zones: 7 to 10

Size: 2 feet tall and 3 to 4 feet wide

Conditions: Full sun to light shade; well-drained soil

For those looking to add a splash of deep burgundy foliage to their garden but not wishing to get stuck by a Japanese barberry’s spikes, look no further. Purple Pixie® Chinese fringe flower, unlike its much larger cousin, is a dwarf spreading version that, since it was introduced, has become one of the South’s most cherished plants. Great for use in container plantings for its trailing habit or for planting at the front of borders, its uses are numerous. Never again will you have to suffer debilitating pain from the smallest tips of a barberry thorn.


‘Gibraltar’ Bush Clover Butterly bush

Overused: Butterly bush

(Buddleia davidii* cvs.)

Photo: Michelle Gervais

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