Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Plant Picks

Actaea simplex
'Brunette' bugbane

Zone: 4 - 8
Size: 3' to 4'tall, 2' to 3' wide
Habitat: Partial to full shade; rich, organic soil

With dark purple, fern-like foliage this plant should be the showpiece in every shade garden. It will create a striking silhouette in the back corner of your garden. Although it prefers shade, bugbane will tolerate some sun. Plants take about three years to establish into an impressive clump but are definitely worth the wait. Fragrant white bottle brush flowers appear in late summer.

Article from Fine Gardening, April 2008

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