Astilbe Red Description
Astilbe are wonderful shade perennials known for their dark green, fernlike foliage and their long spikes of flowers that resemble plumes!
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.
Special Features:Butterfly Lovers, Cold Hardy, Cut Flower, Deer Resistant, Disease Resistant, Dried Flower, Foliage Interest, Fragrance, Hummingbird Lovers, Moisture Tolerant, Multi-Seasonal Interest, Pest Resistant, Rabbit Resistant, Winter Interest
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Sun - Part Shade
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- Height x Width:
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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AK,CAN, HI, PR
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Ideas and How-to's
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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 Blue Fortune 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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