Arun­cus dioicus

NZ Gardener - - In Season - Phlomis rus­seliana).

Goats­beard seems a mean name for this frothy fire­work of creamy love­li­ness. Though the flow­ers don’t last long, they make good seed­heads and the di­vided, ap­ple-green leaves stay look­ing pre­sentable all sea­son if given the rich and well-wa­tered soil this peren­nial needs. White is al­ways good com­pany for yel­low (think lemon meringue pie) – seen here with broom and whorls of Jerusalem sage (

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