Astilbe Red Description
Astilbe are striking shade perennials known for their long spikes of flowers that look like full, feathery plumes presiding above handsome deep green foliage! Red astilbe is a sophisticated color statement for the garden, bringing mystery and drama to any planting.
These hardy perennials bloom in mid-summer and thrive in a moisture retentive soil. They can be grown in full sun in cool northern regions, but are best in partial shade.
Astilbes make a wonderful cut flower and then dried for winter floral bouquets.
Astilbes add an elegant red color to your shade garden.
Delightful in groupings planted between bold hostas, colorful heucheras, spring flowering hellebore,or as an underplanting to hydrangeas.
Special features: Attracts butterflies, Cold hardy, Cut flower, Deer resistant, Disease resistant, Dried flower, Foliage interest, Fragrance, Attracts hummingbirds, Moisture tolerant, Multi-seasonal interest, Pest resistant, Rabbit resistant, Winter interest
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Sun - part shade
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22-30" x 18-20"
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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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Soil: Easily grown in average, well-drained soils.Good soil drainage is essential. Plants will perform poorly and may not survive winter in hard clay soils that retain moisture. Sandy/gravelly mulches will protect plants and help to avoid onset of rot.
Light: Best in full sun, but will tolerate some shade.;
Water: Medium moisture. Plants tolerate heat and some dry soils once established.
Spacing: Should be equal to mature spread of plant, so 1.5 - 2 ft spacing allows for good air circulation, and root growth.;
Fertilizing: Feed with a general purpose fertilizer in spring as new growth emerges.
Winterizing: Where winter survival is a potential problem, plants should be sited in protected locations (e.g., southern exposures) with leaf and flower stems being left in place over winter for additional protection.
Maintenance & pruning: Deadhead spent flowers to promote additional bloom. Trim back in early spring, before the plant exhibits new growth. Cut back the plant with pruning shears to a height of 6 inches. Plants rarely need dividing, but you can divide every few years to thin the flower bed, or propagate.
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