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Regional Picks: Short Plants – Northern Plains

Fine Gardening - Issue 190

1. Firewitch Dianthus

Firewitch Dianthus

Name: Dianthus gratianapolitanus ‘Feuerhexe’

Zones: 3–9

Size: 10 to 12 inches tall and 12 to 18 inches wide

Conditions: Full sun; dry to average, sandy soil

Native range: Western and Central Europe

This reliably hardy perennial forms a medium-size mat of thin, mint green foliage that remains semievergreen, an attractive winter feature that makes it ideal as a base layer or edging plant near the front of your planting bed. It also works really well in rock gardens, since it doesn’t prefer wet feet in heavy clay soils. Starting in May and continuing intermittently throughout the summer, this dianthus produces single magenta pink blooms with a light scent. Blooming can be encouraged and prolonged with deadheading. Deer-resistant Firewitch may be used as a single specimen, but it also looks fantastic in masses.

 

2. Calgary Carpet® Juniper

Calgary Carpet® Juniper

Name: Juniperus sabina ‘Monna’

Zones: 3–7

Size: 9 to 12 inches tall and 5 to 10 feet wide

Conditions: Full sun;…

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