Lead Plant Native from the Midwest down to Texas Out here in prairie country, you know the land is healthy when you see lead plant (Amorpha canescens). More like a small shrub, at about 2 feet tall and wide, it’s a drought-loving machine with very unique early-summer bloom spikes and gray-blue foliage.
Botanical name: Zizia aurea Common name: Golden Alexanders Origin: Native from the eastern Dakotas down to eastern Texas, and east to the Atlantic and New England Where it will grow: Hardy to -40 degrees Fahrenheit (USDA zones 3 to 8; find your zone); best planted if native to your area Water requirement: Moist to dry soil Light requirement: Full sun to 25 percent shade Mature size: 2 to 3 feet tall and 2 feet wide
AgeratumArtist Series Blue Violet -- Deadheading not necessary for continuous bloom. Plants will "bury their dead" (new flowers will quickly cover old flowers) so no deadheading necessary. Most other Ageratum will need deadheading. Unlike most Ageratum the Artist series will bloom through the summer in hot climates. The Dallas Arboretum has used Artist ageratum for years in very prominent locations with great success.