Astilbe, known by charming common names such as False Spirea, False Goat's Beard, and Feather Flower, are shade-loving perennials in the UK. Their fluffy, feathery plumes have a mesmerizing appeal that butterflies find highly attractive, creating a delightful scene in your garden (Astilbes are butterfly magnets!). What's more, Astilbe exhibits remarkable hardiness, withstanding extreem low temperatures, eliminating the need for frost protection during winter. These resilient plants can be conveniently planted directly outdoors in the spring, making gardening a breeze.
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Some handy Astilbe growing tips at your service:
- Prior to planting, immerse the bare roots of Astilbe in water for 3-6 hours.
- Plant the roots with the crown or buds slightly below the soil surface, ensuring any grown leaves are exposed above the soil. You can plant them directly into well-prepared borders or patio containers.
- Astilbe thrives in poorly-drained soil, making them well-suited for moist soils near water sources or any soil that retains moisture. In containers, they can be planted in loam-based or multipurpose compost.
- Opt for a shaded or partially shaded location when choosing a spot for Astilbe.
- Leave 20-25cm of space between each plant to provide ample room for growth.
- After planting, water thoroughly and ensure the plants are adequately hydrated during their growth phase.
- Deadhead the flowers after they have finished blooming.
- In autumn, trim the stems back to approximately 3cm above soil level.