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Right plant, right place (aruncus dioicus)

a1154a1154 Posts: 1,073

I always try and put plants where they will be happiest, although I only have one garden! a lot of it is open, windy, slopey and dry. Sometimes you have to take a risk. I have some much damper bits, but no shade really. 

I just acquired a group of aruncus dioicus. Label says full sun and well drained. Lovely I thought they can give some height to dry slopes.  Reading other websites it seems to prefer moist to wet soil and shade!  Isnt there such a lot of conflicting advice? much sun and dryness can this plant take? 


What websites/ books are reliable for looking up plants? or do I always have to ask you guys!? 


  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 4,214

    It certainly does far better in moist soil than in dry. It is one of those plants which needs wetter soil the more sun it gets.

    This is probably the best place for plant needs advice.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,300

    yes, you always have to ask us. image

    Mine is in very dry soil and just about copes because it get very little sun. I'd move it but it's enormous and the root is like a lump of wood, in solid soil full of brick rubble. So it stays where it is.

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 14,362


    Here I grow it in my bog garden and it thrives.

    Not sure it needs full sun though, think it will be ok. in partial shade.

    How can you lie there and think of England
    When you don't even know who's in the team

    S.Yorkshire/Derbyshire border
  • a1154a1154 Posts: 1,073

    Don't have partial shade either really, all trees and hedges are still new and a bit wee. 

    Thanks for responses, and Berghill that makes a lot of sense, and I do have a wettish bit in full sun, so that's the spot, for at least a couple of them. 

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