Region: Mountain West
I planted two goats beards last year (2010) from two gallon pots purchased at superstore. The first year it was slow to grow and stood at only about a foot from the ground. Slugs, leaf rust and snails too added to the problems because of it's well shaded location. With the first signs of spring 2011 I pruned it to about four inches from the ground, fed it with some water soluble miracle gro and watered it well. Unfortunately, I had to be hospitalized for two months, leaving me completely incapable of doing any gardening for the remainder of 2011. But, when I was brought home I was greeted by two four feet tall goats beards with beautiful feathery flowers as if greeting me gratefully. So the short of the long. Soul and mind pleasing herbaceous plants that are easy to grow. Cheaply purchased they grow well in partial sun to partial shaded locations. Need plenty of water or moist soil. Slugs, snails, leaf rust and mosquitoes can be a problem. Avoid wetting foliage. Trim to floor in early spring. Then sit back and let your soul be stirred by some graceful beauty!
Region: Upper Plains
This is an exclamation point in the northeast corner garden of our house. It receives partial shade and a little extra water from our downspout. The tall ferny foliage is a nice backdrop for the other plants. I sited it to help create a shade gaderen and it's done the trick beatifully. Between the foliage and blooms it's been a show stopper for some of my garden tours.
i love my goatsbeard,it gets nice and tall, blooms forever, stays neat and clean, looks beautiful among my hostas and shade plants, looks nice in arrangements too
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