Tell us your Favorite Shade Plants: Aruncus Dioicus aka Goats Beard

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Tell us your Favorite Shade Plants

By dave
January 20, 2016

We're putting together a list of the ATP members' favorite shade plants! Come on in and read how to nominate your favorites! We will later publish a final article on the top picks.

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Name: Debbie
Manitoba, Canada (Zone 3a)
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DebbieC
Jan 21, 2016 8:52 AM CST
Hard to choose my favourite shade plant but one I would definately recommend is Goatsbeard. It has such an imposing presence in the garden; more shrub like than perennial, attaining a lot of growth in a short time after emerging each spring. It gets better and better every year. It is a long term plant, not requiring division; and division would be difficult due to the size of its woody roots! This is the kind of plant you site well and leave it be. It's feathery white plumes are an eye catcher and are long lasting.
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Name: Debbie
Manitoba, Canada (Zone 3a)
Hostas Cat Lover Annuals Bulbs Container Gardener Critters Allowed
Enjoys or suffers hot summers Houseplants Foliage Fan Butterflies Bee Lover Native Plants and Wildflowers
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DebbieC
Jan 21, 2016 8:56 AM CST
Obviously did something wrong as my link to the database didn't work.
Name: Marilyn
Greenwood Village, CO (Zone 5b)
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CDsSister
Jan 21, 2016 11:40 AM CST
I find it easier to just cut and paste but if you retype you need to be sure to add the / before the second db in brackets. Edit your entry and see if that works.
Name: Debbie
Manitoba, Canada (Zone 3a)
Hostas Cat Lover Annuals Bulbs Container Gardener Critters Allowed
Enjoys or suffers hot summers Houseplants Foliage Fan Butterflies Bee Lover Native Plants and Wildflowers
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DebbieC
Jan 21, 2016 12:14 PM CST
Thanks Marilyn! Think I've got it now.😀
Name: Mika
Oxfordshire, England and Mento
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cliftoncat
Jan 22, 2016 9:19 AM CST
A very handsome plant; I like that the white flowers will brighten up a shady area. Thumbs up
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Jan 22, 2016 9:29 AM CST
There is also a dwarf form called Aruncus Dioicus Nobile.
Both are easily germinated indoors with out chilling with use of GA3.
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Name: Mika
Oxfordshire, England and Mento
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Critters Allowed Daylilies Irises Roses Hostas
Birds Multi-Region Gardener Cat Lover Dog Lover Ponds Foliage Fan
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cliftoncat
Jan 22, 2016 10:03 AM CST
GA3?
Name: Debbie
Manitoba, Canada (Zone 3a)
Hostas Cat Lover Annuals Bulbs Container Gardener Critters Allowed
Enjoys or suffers hot summers Houseplants Foliage Fan Butterflies Bee Lover Native Plants and Wildflowers
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DebbieC
Jan 22, 2016 10:41 AM CST
I have another Goatsbeard on my wish list: Kneiffii. It is a smaller plant with finer cut leaves; resembles Japanese Maple.( probably the closest I can get to that here!)
Name: Jeanie
Minnesota (Zone 4a)
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foraygardengirl
Jan 23, 2016 6:43 AM CST
I have both the large goat's beard and the very small border goat's beard. I like both. I have several areas where I have had trouble finding border plants that will thrive, and the small variety does very well. It has a fine texture and blooms repeatedly. The large variety is stately and elegant. Both are very easy to care for.
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Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
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Paul2032
Jan 23, 2016 10:24 AM CST
Add me to the fans of Aruncus. From the time that the attractive foliage emerges in the spring til fall the plant is attractive. It is spectacular when in bloom and it still looks good when I remove the bloom stalks as they decline. The plant continues to have eye appeal and takes on an attractive color in the fall. It is great with Hostas.
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Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
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Paul2032
Jan 23, 2016 11:15 AM CST
Here are two picturea of the Aruncus foliage with Hosta Krossa Regal....
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Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
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dirtdorphins
Jan 23, 2016 12:59 PM CST
I don't have room for the stately monster, but here's another vote for a dwarf
Dwarf Goat's Beard (Aruncus dioicus var. kamtschaticus)
and admittedly not the best picture, but you can see how manageable the size is
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Name: Sue Taylor
Northumberland, UK
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kniphofia
Jan 23, 2016 1:04 PM CST
I really like the A aethusifolius too, a lovely front of the border smaller plant. Here's a photo from Howick Hall garden.
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Name: Gary
Wyoming MN (Zone 4a)
hostasmore
Jan 23, 2016 1:07 PM CST
I really appreciate the goatsbeards too. I have perhaps 7 varieties. from dwarf to medium (about 20-24 in tall) and the standard. It is amazing the growth that the standard puts out each year, Freezes to the ground here and ends up being about 4ft tall. Taller when in bloom.

Xylembutdeadly
Jun 27, 2016 6:13 AM CST
I have a Kneiffii, and it's beautiful and attention-getting. The foliage is great-looking dark green. people always ask what it is. I have it in a part sun situation, not particularly moist, but great soil. it has never sulked from dryness even when other plants do.

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