If you want a large, dramatic plant with showy flowers that also attracts lots of pollinators, go for goat’s beard.
Goat’s beard (Aruncus dioicus), is hardy in zones 6-8, but needs moist shade in zones 7 and 8. It can get seven feet tall and four feet wide, so make sure you have enough room.
Cultivars are available in different sizes in local nurseries, but if you can, get the true native plant rather than a cultivar, Chimera said.
Also in this issue:
Girdling Roots. Carol Ann Harlos tells us that planting a tree incorrectly can cause girdling roots. Girdling roots are usually lateral roots that grow slightly below the surface of the soil and eventually cut into the main trunk. This restricts the movement of water and nutrients in the tree, greatly weakening it and making it susceptible not only to starvation, but also disease.
Mid-Atlantic Regional Seed Bank. Larraine Van Slooten tells us that species of viburnum (a shrub) are being threatened by the viburnum leaf beetle. To make sure we don’t lose these plants completely, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Seed Bank is collecting seed from five viburnum species in New York State to be conserved in a seed bank.