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Southeast Regional Reports

Regional Picks: Seasonal Combo—Southeast

Fine Gardening - Issue #193
Illustration: Elara Tanguy
Photo: Danielle Sherry

1. ‘Sun King’ aralia

Name: Aralia cordata ‘Sun King’

Zones: 4–8

Size: 3 to 6 feet tall and wide

Conditions: Partial shade; moist, fertile,
well-drained soil

Native range: Japan, Korea, east-central China

This aralia is a winner all season long, but especially in late spring and early summer. From the time it emerges in midspring, its foliage will light up any shady vignette. Good structure and foliage presentation make this plant a wonderful backdrop or centerpiece. Its leaves will have a more golden color if they get a few hours of sun each day, and they will be greener in deeper shade. I have never had any insect or disease problems with it, and as a bonus, the deer in this area leave it alone.

 

Photo: Jennifer Benner

2. Strawberry begonia

Name: Saxifraga stolonifera

Zones: 3–7

Size: 3 to 4 feet tall and wide

Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; average soil but tolerates…

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