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Aruncus (Goat's Beard)
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Including Aruncus ‘Horatio’, Aruncus aethusifolius, and Aruncus dioicus ‘Zweiweltenkind’

Aruncus

Goat's Beard

When you think of a woodland setting, think Aruncus. With elegant, feathery ivory plumes, Goat’s Beard is similar to and combines well with Astilbe, although it is airier in form. A terrific understory for tall canopies of Styrax japonicus or Maples, it thrives in moist soil, and is a natural beside a pool or stream. Place Aruncus where you can view it from the south, to take advantage of its tendency to lean toward the sun. It’s a popular cut flower.

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Aruncus aethusifolius  full sun  partial shade
Aruncus aethusifolius

Topped by creamy white plumes of minute star-like flowers, fine ultra-chiseled foliage and red-tinged stems shape a tidy dwarf habit that works well as a ground cover around flat stones and rocks. This small gem can also be tucked into the front of the border with broad-leafed Epimediums nearby.

Blooms late May–mid-June.

Size: 8" high x 12" wide; hardy to zone 5.

Aruncus aethusifolius (P-0995)
Each $7.00
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Aruncus dioicus ‘Zweiweltenkind’  partial shade  shade lover
Aruncus dioicus Zweiweltenkind

Shorter and sturdier than the species, this German hybrid does well in windy areas. Dispelling all images of a stocky work plant, its name means “child of two worlds,” and it is indeed otherworldly.

Blooms June–July.

Size: 2-1/2' high x 2' wide; hardy to zone 5.

AVAILABLE SPRING 2015

Aruncus dioicus ‘Zweiweltenkind’ (P-0021)
Each $7.25
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Aruncus ‘Horatio’  full sun  partial shade
Aruncus  Horatio

Steeped in elegance, yet remarkably steadfast, this exquisite perennial was bred by noted German nurseryman, Ernest Pagels. ‘Horatio’ is a meticulously crafted cross between Aruncus aethusifolius and Aruncus dioicus, prized for its unique sparkling plumes of tiny cream-colored blooms, which splay out in a horizontal fashion from bronze-tinted upright stems. Fresh green fernlike foliage forms a bushy base beneath the airy star-shaped flowers.

Blooms June–July.

Size: 3'–3-1/2' high x 2-1/2' wide; hardy to zone 4.

AVAILABLE SPRING 2015

Aruncus ‘Horatio’ (P-1690)
Each $7.75
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Latest News

Happy New Year

Thrilled by the prospect of fresh beginnings and another spring, we’d like you to know that the 2015 Digging Dog catalog, our 23rd edition, has been printed! With well over 90 diverse new offerings, plus many cherished older gems, this extraordinary collection of plants promises to delight, tantalize and inspire your horticultural interests, while assuring remarkable possibilities for an array of locales, including our drought-stricken Western states. If you’re already on our mailing list, be on the lookout for it’s arrival in the next couple of weeks. Or you may order a copy by clicking on the catalog link. Wishing you a great gardening year, and happy digging in 2015!

Current Staff’s Favorite Plant

staff favorite plant

Our favorite plant this week. We love Euphorbia ‘Helen Robinson’ because while the rest of the garden looks like winter, this plant looks like spring! From the robbiae side of the family, this choice, stalwart Euphorbia inherits its compact stature, shade tolerance, and handsome, stout rosettes of blunt-tipped, dark green leaves; the characias side contributes the good-sized chartreuse flower heads. In our garden, it acccompanies Anchusa with a carpet of Corydalis ‘Pere David’ skirting beneath.

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