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Mar 2, 2017 9:09 AM CST
I am looking to replace a variety of perennial geranium "Rozanne" with either a Liatris spicata Kobold (or similar) or some variety of Astilbe Plant. The Geraniums have done very well in this location, however they have a real tendency to "take over" the space and I would prefer to get a cleaner look... I do not want to add a lot of height and the plant I choose should do well in the same type of conditions that had the geraniums prospering... Thank you for your advice

central Illinois
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Mar 2, 2017 4:10 PM CST
Knowing your zone a/o appx. location would possibly help with an answer.
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Mar 2, 2017 5:53 PM CST
That's a really pretty Geranium but you are right, some of them do tend to take over your yard. I would be tempted to plant both Liatris and Astilbe - especially is you plant different colors (Liatris also comes in white and there are some dark Astilbes that are spectacular). Neither are take over plants and both have their own charm. The Liatris will spread by self-seeding but not quickly.
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