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Regional Picks: Plant Wish List – Mountain West

Fine Gardening – Issue 172

Mountain West


1. Clear Creek® Yellowhorn


Name: Xanthoceras sorbifolium ‘Psgan’

Usda Hardiness Zones: 5 to 8

Size: 18 to 22 feet tall and 10 to 15 feet wide

Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; clay, loam, or sandy soil

Yellowhorn has become one of my favorite spring bloomers. Every midspring, it is covered in white blossoms with yellow eyes that turn maroon. When in full bloom, people will simply stop and stare. Yellowhorn can be grown as a shrub or small tree, depending upon training and pruning. Clear Creek® was developed by Green Acres Nursery in Golden, Colorado, and is particularly hardy in our variable climate.


2. ‘Cheyenne Spirit’ Coneflower


Name: Echinacea ‘Cheyenne Spirit’

Zones: 4 to 9

Size: 24 to 30 inches tall and 18 to 20 inches wide

Conditions: Full sun; well-drained soil

Of the many recent introductions of different-colored coneflowers, this one is a standout. ‘Cheyenne Spirit’ holds its color in the intense Mountain West sunshine. It…

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