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Bride′s Feathers

Aruncus diocus

Aruncus

Goat's Beard

When you think of the fringes of a wooded area, think Aruncus. With delicate ivory plumes that make sterling cut flowers, Goat’s Beard is similar to Astilbe, although its sprightly form is more open. A natural beside a pool or stream, this trouble-free perennial favors moist soil, but can handle drier situations and some wind.

<i>Aruncus diocus</i>

This spectacular North American perennial has a lot to toot its horn about: AGM recipient, bold bushy foundation and cut-flower-perfect feather-like plumes. A bee, butterfly and songbird haven, small starry cream-colored blooms populate arching, 12 in. tall, branched pyramidal panicles elegantly rising high above the long tripinnately compound green fronds, which emphasize pleated lanceolate leaflets, pointed tips and twice-serrated margins. Peerless as an easy-care stand-alone in naturalized plantings, Bride′s Feathers′s handsome upright clump shuns bunnies and deer plus appreciates evenly moist, organic-rich soil. Headline under tall trees, along partly shady streams or ponds and woodland peripheries with Asarum caudatum, Dicentra and Iris nearby.

Blooms May–June

Size: 4' 0" – 6' 0" high x 2-1/2' – 4-1/2' wide.

Zone 3b.

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Current Staff’s Favorite Plant

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Our feature plant: Primula vulgaris ssp. sibthorpii

Precious Primulas, Prized Pulmonarias and Fabulous Foliage!

Primulas offer elaborately-crafted colorful blooms in varied shapes,……

including draped bells, candelabras, drumsticks and pincushions. Many Primrose flowers  waft a delectable scent. Second-to-none for the dappled recesses of your garden, these easily grown, cold-hardy Primulas crave well-drained, humus-rich niches with adequate moisture and good air circulation. They can grace containers or be planted in swaths along shady walkways or in woodland gardens. Be sure to peruse our online Primulas.

Prized Pulmonarias……

One of the earliest perennials to bloom, you can be picking their enchanting urn-shaped flowers in February while the rest of the garden still slumbers. Many cultivars showcase an array of mercury-hued dapples, speckles and spots, while others sport solid pewter sheens or striking silver streaks. Easy-to-grow Pulmonarias prefer the lacy light of a woodland setting plus cool moist soil. Our newsletter also includes a handful of other shade-loving perennials that promise alluring foliage. Many of these perennials can be partnered with Pulmonarias for intriguing foliar contrast. You may wish to check out our online Pulmonaria offerings.

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