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Regional Picks: The Experts’ Top Ten Plants – Southwest

Fine Gardening - Issue 143

Southwest

 

No. 1

‘Ava’ hummingbird mint (Agastache ‘Ava’)

USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 to 10

Size: 4 to 5 feet tall and 2 feet wide

Conditions: Full sun; well-drained soil

This plant is a magnet for hummingbirds, blooms for an extended period of time, provides the garden with great color, and is reliably cold hardy. It does best in a hot spot with fast-draining soil and needs only occasional deep watering once established.

 

2. ‘Madame Galen’ trumpet vine (Campsis tagliabuana ‘Madame Galen’)

Zones: 4 to 9

Size: Vining to 15 to 25 feet tall and 6 to 12 feet wide

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

 

 

 

 

3. Compact pineleaf penstemon (Penstemon pinifoliusCompactum’)

Zones: 4 to 9

Size: 10 to 12 inches tall and wide

Conditions: Full sun; well-drained soil

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. ‘Indian Magic’ crabapple (Malus ‘Indian Magic’)

Zones: 4 to 7

Size: 15 to 20 feet tall and wide

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

 

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