Allowed to grow naturally, a vitex will generally form a large bushy plant about 10 feet tall. If you want it more compact, cut the plant back to about 2 to 3 feet from the ground each year in late winter.
Eastern Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) – Drought tolerant native that is a butterfly magnet. Profuse blooms spring through summer. Elongated stems with soft lavender petals attached to an iridescent cone. It prefers full sun to partial shade in well draining fertile soils. 2-5 feet tall. Perfect for cut flowers, lasting about a week. NATIVE. Outstanding performer in the garden.
Turks Cap (Hibiscus mutabilis). I noticed this shrub growing next to a mailbox on a residential street and was struck by the orange-red color of the blooms. I made several unsuccessful attempts to root cuttings, but I was taking my cuttings from blooming plants. I was finally successful when I took soft wood cuttings from new growth in the early spring, and now I have one of these beauties to call my own!