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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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Hand-picked at our greenhouse

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Arrives as young plant

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More Information

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.

Customer Reviews

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L
L.T. (North Carolina)
Took some TLC to get established

It REALLY does not want to dry out, in the hottest part of the Summer (high 90's) I planted these and they definitely fussed about it, pouted, acted like they were going to shrivel up and die. Once I got them established though, they started thriving. No blooms yet but that foliage is gorgeous!!!

J
J.C. (Massachusetts)
Dark and handsome ..

Received in great condition planted in mid May … has been filling in nicely but no flowers yet… hope to get some this season ;)

T
T.V.
Astilbe

Although packaging was secure, all plants moist and pretty much intact.. There is little hope for the Astilbe. Leaves are completely brown, crispy. At first opening, I thought mildew, they were more blackish. Mouse hosta kind of had same mildewy look, but improved. After a day the Astilbe turned brown, almost see-through and super dry crispy. Very sad.

Hello! . We apologize you received your plants not up to our standards. As we try our best to provide exceptional service, some factors like shipping and handling are outside of our control, and issues like this can sometimes happen. Please email pictures of any plants in question to claims@greatgardenplants.com, making sure to put your order number and name in the subject line so that we may provide the best assistance possible. Rest assured, we do have a 60 day guarantee on all of our plants. If you received your plants within that timeframe, we will be happy to apply your warranty once we receive the pictures. Happy Gardening!

M
M.M.Z. (Illinois)
Not growing

Planted this in same bed as my other astilbe and it started to grow, died; new growth again and died out again. No new growth in last 3weeks. ☹️☹️

Hello! Thank you for your feedback. It sounds like you planted your new astilbe next to a more mature plant. Our advice is to make sure that your new plant is receiving enough water. It sounds like the new astilbe is going through a period of drought, dying off, and then growing back with watering. We recommend watering your new astilbe a bit more. Also, the first year in your garden, new plants spend their first year growing roots in their new home, the the second year they have more energy to put into growth, and the third year, they are growing and flowering vigorously. If you have any additional questions we'd be happy to provide further guidance. You can reach us by sending an email to info@greatgardenplants.com. Happy Gardening!

A
A.D. (North Carolina)
Love

Great quality and of plants… beyond impressed! Already blooming!