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Regional Picks: Bold Plants for Shade – Midwest

Fine Gardening - Issue 168

1. ‘Horatio’ Goatsbeard

Name: Aruncus ‘Horatio’

USDA Hardiness Zones: 4 to 7

Size: 2 to 3 feet tall and wide

Conditions: Partial shade; moist soil

‘Horatio’ goatsbeard is quite adaptable, tolerating nearly full sun to nearly full shade if given the proper soil conditions. This statuesque plant has deeper green leaves than other varieties, and it tends to be bushier, with a more reserved size in the garden, too. Its foliage is crinkled with great texture and at times exhibits some bronze highlights. Creamy, white-fringed flowers stand atop 4-foot stems in summer and have a sweet fragrance. The blossom stems are cinnamon brown and remain upright for much of the winter.


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