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Southern California Regional Reports

Regional Picks: Showy Shrubs – California

Fine Gardening – Issue 191
Yellow Bells
Photo: Doreen Wynja

1. Yellow Bells

Tecoma stans

Zones: 7–11

Size: 6 to 20 feet tall and 5 to 15 feet wide (grows smaller in inland areas)

Conditions: Full sun; well-drained soil

Native Range: Southwestern United States, parts of Mexico and Central America

This is one of my favorite plants for a water-wise garden because, aside from its drought tolerance, it blooms prolifically and tolerates a wide range of soils and temperatures. Yellow bells can bloom for months at a time. Use it as a colorful backdrop, a focal point, massed in larger gardens, or planted to make a visual statement in a decorative container. There are some newly introduced cultivars sporting different blossom color combinations (blended hues of yellow, orange, and brick red) and also new dwarf varieties that stay only 3 to 4 feet tall, but the straight species is still a star.

Variegated Sky Flower
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2. Variegated Sky Flower

Duranta erecta ‘Variegata’

Zones: 8–10

Size: 15 to…

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