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Regional Picks: Seasonal Combo—Southern Plains

Fine Gardening - Issue #193
Illustration: Elara Tanguy

1. Red Yucca

Red Yucca
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Hesperaloe parviflora

Zones: 5–11

Size: 5 feet tall and 4 feet wide

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

Native range: Southern Texas and northeastern Mexico

Red yucca is an evergreen succulent with a blue-green rosette of thin, 2-to-3-foot-long leaves rising fountain-like from the base. Its 5-foot-long arching spikes of pinkish-red-to-coral tubular flowers last throughout the summer. As you can imagine, it attracts hummingbirds and butterflies galore. It is a long-blooming, very low-maintenance plant that tolerates extreme heat and cold. Although it’s not a true yucca, its leaves and habit resemble those of the yucca family. Red yucca has very low water demands and can grow in soils with low fertility. For better-looking blooms, give it a deep soaking once every two weeks during the heat of summer.

 

2. Mysty™ Salvia

Mysty™ Salvia
Photo: courtesy of Ball FloraPlant

Salvia ‘Balsalmysty’

Zones: 7–11

Size: 12 to 18 inches…

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