Astilbe c. pumila Description
Low growing shade ground cover Astilbe 'Pumila" spreads more quickly, has more sun tolerance and not so moisture fussy as other types of Astilbes. A great accent to the front of the border. Lovely cut leaf foliage looks great all season long. This easy to grow drought proof groundcover brings color to the late summer color with upright, fuzzy fragrant pink flower plumes lasting until early fall. Attractive looking groundcover for planting in large groupings or tucking in small shady spaces. Foliage stays attractive even when not in bloom. Only 12 inches high.
Special Features: Butterfly Lovers, Cold Hardy, Cut Flower, Deer Resistant Easy Care, Foliage Interest, Fragrance, Hummingbird Lovers, Moisture Tolerant, Pest Resistant, Rabbit Resistant
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Astilbe c. 'Pumila'
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12" x 12"
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Accent, Border, Container Gardening, Cottage Gardening, Edging, Ground Cover, Massing, Naturalizing, Rain Garden, Under planting, Waterside, Woodland
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AK,CAN, HI, PR
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Ideas and How-to's
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Soil: Does fine in average soil, though organically rich, evenly moist, well drained soil is best for optimum growth.
Light: part shade to shade -- May be planted in full sun in cool areas with adequate moisture, but shade is important in hot summer areas.
Water: Likes soil consistently moist. Can add mulch to reduce evaporation, and retain soil moisture.
Spacing: 12-18 inches
Fertilizing: Astilbe is a heavy feeder that requires lots of nutrients. Fertilize early in the spring to produce healthy flowers with a 5-10-5 fertilizer blend. Another application of fertilizer is required in the summer after the plant has come to bloom. A small handful of fertilizer sprinkled around the base of the plant, or a liquid fertilizer sprayed on the foliage in July should do.
Winterizing: No specific care needed. Foliage dies back in winter, and can be cleared away in early spring before plant sends up new shoots.
Maintenance & Pruning: No dead heading is required, unless you do not like the appearance of spent blooms. If left on, they provide winter interest to the garden. Divide the roots of the plant in the spring or fall when the plant is dormant. Plant the root crowns shallow so that new shoots are covered with 1/2-inch of soil. Place the plants 12 to 18 inches apart and water until established.
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