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More Plant Varieties

Learn about several plant varieties and the planting information for each zone.

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Bigleaf Goldenray(1 of 15)

Ligularia dentata 'Othello' - Bigleaf Goldenray
Deciduous perennial with bold foliage topped with sprays of orange/yellow flowers in summer
Plant in fertile, reliably moist to wet soil
Plant in partial to full shade
Height: 3 feet; Width: 4 feet
Hardy in USDA zones 4-8:
Zone 4: Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; plant in partial shade; apply extra mulch after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt; pull back mulch in spring.
Zone 5: Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; plant in partial shade; apply extra mulch after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt; pull back mulch in spring.
Zone 6: Plant in spring; plant in partial to moderate shade; apply extra mulch after first hard frost; pull back mulch in spring.
Zone 7: Plant in spring or early fall; plant in partial to moderate shade; apply extra mulch after first hard frost; pull back mulch in spring.
Zone 8: Plant in spring or early fall; plant in partial to full shade; apply extra mulch after in fall; pull back mulch in spring.

Aesculus parviflora – Bottlebrush Buckeye
Note: As genera go, this is one of Walter's favorite group of plants. He recommends considering A. pavia (Red Buckeye), which is a small tree and a native plant.
Large, deciduous shrub with bold palmate foliage and white bottlebrush flowers in summer
Good fall color
Plant in light to partial shade
Plant in rich, organic soil that is moist, but well-drained; water until established
Prune only if desired after flowering
Height: 8-12 feet; Width: 8-15 feet
Hardy in USDA zones 4-8(9):
Zone 4: Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; plant in light to partial shade; apply extra mulch after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt; pull back mulch in spring.
Zone 5: Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; plant in light to partial shade; apply extra mulch after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt; pull back mulch in spring.
Zone 6: Plant in fall or early spring; plant in light to partial shade; apply mulch in fall.
Zone 7: Plant in fall; plant in light to partial shade; apply mulch in fall.
Zone 8: Plant in fall; plant in light to partial shade; apply mulch in fall.
Zone 9: Plant in fall; plant in light to partial shade; apply mulch in fall; plant may defoliate by mid summer in this zone.

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