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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

 

5. ‘Caroline’ raspberry (Rubus ‘Caroline’)

Zones: 4 to 7

Size: 6 feet tall and wide

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

 

6. Bosnian pine (Pinus heldreichii var.leucodermis)

Zones: 4 to 8

Size: 20 to 25 feet tall and 10 to 12 feet wide

Conditions: Full sun; well-drained soil

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. Raspberry Delight® sage (Salvia Raspberry Delight®)

Zones: 6 to 10

Size: 3 feet tall and wide

Conditions: Full sun; well-drained soil

8. ‘Sharon Roberts’ lavender (Lavandula angustifoliaSharon Roberts’)

Zones: 5 to 10

Size: 24 to 30 inches tall and 2 feet wide

Conditions: Full sun; well-drained soil

9. ‘St. Theresa Seedless’ grape (Vitis ‘St. Theresa Seedless’)

Zones: 4 to 9

Size: 15 to 20 feet tall and 3 to 8 feet wide

Conditions: Full sun; well-drained soil

10. Sweet basil (Ocimum basilicum)

Zones: Annual

Size: 1 to 2 feet tall and wide

Conditions: Full sun; moist, well-drained soil

 

David Salman is the founder and chief horticulturist at High Country Gardens in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Photos, except where noted: www.millettephotomedia.com; David Salman; Bill Johnson; FhF Greenmedia/www.gapphotos.com; author, courtesy of David Salman

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