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Regional Picks: Short Plants – Southern Plains

Fine Gardening - Issue 190

1. ‘Starlight’ Coreopsis

‘Starlight’ Coreopsis

Name: Coreopsis ‘Starlight’

Zones: 5–9

Size: 8 to 12 inches tall and 12 to 18 inches wide

Conditions: Full sun; dry to average, well-drained soil

Native range: North American hybrid

With a compact habit and months of vibrant blooms, ‘Starlight’ sets a new standard for coreopsis. Pure white petals boast magenta strokes that frame the bright yellow center like a shimmering star. Fuchsia hues take over in cool weather, streaking the entire blossom. Perfect for cutting, ‘Starlight’ blooms from early summer through fall without deadheading. Place these disease-resistant plants in masses to edge borders or tuck into containers. Coreopsis tolerates heat and drought once established and is adored by pollinators.

 

2. ‘Plum Dazzled’ Sedum

‘Plum Dazzled’ Sedum

Name: Sedum ‘Plum Dazzled’

Zones: 4–9

Size: 6 to 8 inches tall and 16 to 18 inches wide

Conditions: Full sun; dry to average, well-drained soil

Native range: North American hybrid

I love to add season-long color to a border’s edge with the stunning…

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