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Regional Picks: Large-Leaved Perennials – Northeast

Fine Gardening - Issue 161

1. Sycamore-Leaved False Nettle

Name: Boehmeria platanifolia

USDA hardiness zones: 5 to 8

Size: 3 to 5 feet tall and 3 to 4 feet wide

Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; moist, well-drained soil

Its common name might be a mouthful, but sycamore-leaved false nettle is a plant worth telling a friend about. Though it resembles a sycamore (Platanus spp. and cvs., Zones 3–8), this perennial has 5-inch-wide leaves that look more like serrated green clamshells arranged symmetrically up its stems, each connected by a red petiole. Subtle but beautiful, this easy-care plant promises to add drama to any shade garden. Thin sprays of white flowers—a textural contrast—appear in late summer through fall. Though it prefers even moisture, this nettle can also take moderately dry shade.

 

2. Rhubarb

Name: Rheum rhabarbarum and cvs.

Zones: 3 to 8

Size: 2 to 3 feet tall (3 to 5 feet in bloom) and 3 to 4 feet wide

Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; average soil

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