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Regional Picks: Robust Vegetation—Southern Plains – FineGardening


1. Brakelights® Crimson Yucca

Brakelights Red Yucca
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Identify: Hesperaloe parviflora ‘Perpa’

Zones: 5–10

Dimension: 24 inches tall and extensive; flower spikes rise from 24 to 36 inches

Situations: Full solar; common to dry, well-drained soil

Native vary: Texas and Mexico

Beautiful true-red tubular flowers set this selection aside from different crimson yucca. Although not a real yucca, this member of the agave household attracts hummingbirds and butterflies with summer season blooms that stand tall above gracefully arching, blue-green foliage. A tricky perennial with glorious warmth tolerance, Brakelights® crimson yucca pairs superbly with prairie grasses and showy perennials. This plant is extensively adaptable, tolerating drought, erosion, and concrete circumstances. It’s a slow-growing native, producing a compact basal clump of evergreen foliage.


2. ‘Denim ‘n Lace’ Russian Sage

‘Denim 'n Lace’ Russian Sage
Photograph: millettephotomedia.com

Identify: Perovskia atriplicifola ‘Denim ’n Lace’

Zones: 4–9

Dimension: 30 inches tall and 36 inches extensive

Situations: Full solar; dry to common, well-drained soil

Native vary: Central Asia

‘Denim ’n Lace’ Russian sage improves on a favourite perennial for warm, dry websites with stronger stems and a extra compact, upright behavior. Lacy, periwinkle blue flowers grace the backyard from midsummer by way of frost, engaging hummingbirds and different pollinators over the lengthy blooming season. The aromatic blooms are glorious for chopping and drying. Fragrant, gray-green foliage resists deer and rabbit searching. Adaptable to quite a lot of soils, ‘Denim ’n Lace’ can also be drought and salt tolerant.


3. ‘Crimson Midget’ Mexican Hat

‘Red Midget’ Mexican Hat
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Identify: Ratibida columnifera ‘Crimson Midget’

Zones: 3–9

Dimension: 18 to 24 inches tall and 18 inches extensive

Situations: Full solar to partial shade; common to dry, well-drained soil

Native vary: North America

This fuss-free prairie native takes the warmth and retains on blooming. Named for the distinctive cone on the heart of every flower, Mexican hat blooms from late spring by way of frost, attracting butterflies and different pollinators. The central cone is surrounded by recurving, velvety crimson petals edged in gold. ‘Crimson Midget’ is a extra compact selection, with fine-cut foliage and an open, ethereal behavior. The crops are simply grown from seed and can self-sow. Plant it in massive drifts for a naturalistic look. Mexican hat is drought tolerant and resists deer searching.


4. ‘Furman’s Crimson’ Autumn Sage

‘Furman's Red’ Autumn Sage
Photograph: millettephotomedia.com

Identify: Salvia greggii ‘Furman’s Crimson’

Zones: 6–10

Dimension: 24 to 36 inches tall and 18 inches extensive

Situations: Full solar; common to dry, well-drained soil

Native vary: Texas and Mexico

‘Furman’s Crimson’ autumn sage has proved its price repeatedly in scorching, sunny gardens. Pollinator magnets, the bright-red flowers cowl crops in late spring and once more in autumn, with scattered blooms all through summer season. Sweetly fragrant, the sunshine inexperienced foliage stays evergreen all through a lot of its vary and resists searching by deer and rabbits. Native to rocky slopes, the crops are drought tolerant and carry out greatest with ample drainage and no fertilizer. Autumn sage is a woody subshrub, so prune in early spring to keep up a compact behavior.


Kimberly Toscano is a horticulturist and backyard designer from Stillwater, Oklahoma.