Planting Astrantia, or Masterwort, is like adding a sprinkle of starlight to your garden. Their intricate, star-shaped blooms are a real conversation starter, and here's how to grow them:
Choosing the Right Spot
Astrantia loves a cosy corner with a bit of shade. They're not too fussy, but they do appreciate a break from the intense afternoon sun, especially in hotter climates.
These beauties thrive in rich, moist soil. Work in plenty of well-rotted compost or manure before planting to really give them a boost. They prefer soil that holds moisture well but drains enough to keep their feet from getting waterlogged.
Spring is perfect for planting Astrantia. This timing gives them a chance to establish themselves without the stress of extreme weather. When planting, set each plant about 45 cm apart. This gives them room to breathe and grow without crowding. Dig a hole 5-10 cm deep. Enough so the crown (the part where the roots meet the stem) sits snugly at soil level. After placing them in their new homes, fill the soil back in and press gently around the base to secure them.
Right after planting, give them a good drink of water to help settle the soil around the roots. Keeping the soil moist is key, especially in the first season while they're getting established.
Ongoing Love and Care
To help maintain moisture and keep the soil cool, apply a layer of mulch around the plants. Not only does this help with water retention, but it also keeps the weeds at bay. In terms of feeding, a sprinkle of a balanced, general-purpose fertiliser in spring sets them up nicely for the growing season.
Astrantia is pretty low maintenance, but deadheading (removing spent flowers) can encourage a second flush of blooms. And every few years, divide them in early spring or autumn to keep them vigorous and to spread their beauty to other parts of the garden.
Planting Astrantia is a joy, adding a touch of elegance and charm that keeps on giving from early summer into autumn. Their resilience and understated beauty make them a favourite in any garden, and we hope they'll become one in yours too.