Astilbe plants and species such as Astilbe Chinensis and arendsii are early to flower and long flowering. Much loved for being a low maintenance plant for a part shaded position, Astilbe are long flowering and have colorful plume like flowers above ferny foliage.
Flowers colors vary from white through to pinks and brilliant reds such as Astilbe 'Fanal' pictured right'
Growing Astilbe Plants
Astilbe prefer a moist humus rich soil and a semis shaded position in the garden. They make great ground cover plants with the attractive foliage and colourful flowers in spring are an added attraction. Try planting these lovely plants near a pond or stream, a position beneath a deciduous tree is also suitable as long as it is moist.
New plants can be watered in with a liquid seaweed fertilizer. Older plants can be top dressed with some well rotted compost and manure in early spring.
Species, cultivars and Astilbe varieties
- Astilbe x arendsii 'Bressingham Beauty' is a lovely pink flowering plant that will reach around 50 -50 cm. A similar cultivar in our eyes is 'Catherine Deneuve' lovely pink flowers again.
- Astilbe 'deutschland' is one of the best white flowering plants along with A x arendsii 'elle'.
- For deeper pinks look for A x arendsii 'glut' also slightly taller to nearly 80cm, and the almost red A x arendsii 'spinell.
- Astilbe 'fanal' is probably the best red flowering plant we have seen.
- The A. chinensis cultivars are generally lower growing.
- Astilbe japonica is used as a cut flower with A japonica 'ellie' having wonderful white flowers.
Astilbe Plants are available for sale from the following nurseries
MOUNT FOLLY NURSERIES
Southwick Road North Boarhunt Near Wickham Hants PO17 6JH
Hotline Phone: 01329 832294 : 07000 M-O-U-N-T-F : 07000 F-U-C-H-S-I-A
Young plants specialists. Growing Fuchsias, Geraniums, Patio Plants and Plug Plants. One of the best selections available in the UK direct from the grower!
CLAIRE AUSTIN HARDY PLANTS Hardy Plants
Tel: 01939 251173 - FAX: 01939 251637
Edgebolton, Shawbury, Shropshire, SY4 4EL
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