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'Dark Side of the Moon' Astilbe

Description

  • Near-black foliage creates a dark backdrop for bright flowers.
  • Textured flower spikes bloom in late summer.
  • Performs well in sun, part sun, or shade!
  • Low maintenance and easy to grow.
  • Zones 4-9, sun/part sun/shade, 22" tall x 28" wide at maturity.
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Zone 4-9
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Description Finally, an astilbe with colorful foliage! 'Dark Side of the Moon' astilbe emerges with yellow leaves, which turn chocolate brown, then near-black as they age. While we're astounded by the foliage, we can't forget about the flowers, which bloom in late summer. Rosy-purple flower spikes have a feathery texture that fades gracefully to provide fall and winter interest if left standing.

'Dark Side of the Moon' astilbe pairs perfectly with coral bells and hostas in shade gardens, but performs even better in full sun with adequate moisture. Wherever you decide to plant it, it's easy to grow and low maintenance, requiring no deadheading throughout the season.
Details Botanical name: Astilbe 'Dark Side of the Moon'
Common name: False spirea, astilbe
Zone: 4 – 9
Sun exposure: Sun (> 6 hours sun) to part-sun (4-6 hours sun)
Height x width: 20-22″ x 24-28″
Flower color: Purple
Foliage color: Near black
Season of interest: Spring to fall
Uses: Accent, Border, Container gardening, Cottage gardening, Edging, Ground cover, Massing, Naturalizing, Rain garden, Underplanting, Waterside, Woodland
How To Grow Soil: Grows best in organically rich, evenly moist, well-draining soil.
Light: Part-sun (4-6 hours sun) to shade (< 4 hours sun)
Water: Likes soil consistently moist. Adding mulch can help retain soil moisture.
Spacing: 18-24 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. After it has bloomed, apply an additional handful of fertilizer around the plant’s base.
Winterizing: No specific care is needed. Foliage dies back in winter and can be cleared away in early spring before the plant sends up new shoots.
Maintenance & pruning: No deadheading is required unless you don’t like the appearance of spent blooms. If left on, they provide winter interest to the garden. Divide the roots of the plant in early spring or late fall when the plant is dormant.

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