Best of the bunch

Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

●● As­tran­tia

This pretty peren­nial may look del­i­cate, with its wiry stems and dainty pin­cush­ion flow­ers, but it’s a tough, re­li­able plant that you can di­vide ev­ery cou­ple of years to in­crease your stock.

Grow­ing to around 60cm, they’re ideal for the mid­dle of a bor­der and will grow in any soil in ei­ther sun or par­tial shade. Most have soft, sub­tle colours which fit into many colour schemes.

The white va­ri­ety, A. ma­jor ‘Sun­ning­dale Var­ie­gated’, looks great planted with bril­liant red cro­cos­mias, while As­tran­tia ma­jor ‘Rubra’ pro­duces plum­coloured flow­ers above deeply lobed dark green leaves and is a good com­pan­ion for herba­ceous gera­ni­ums and roses.

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