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Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

Astilbe WHICH beauty likes to hang around in the shad­ows but makes sure she get lots of at­ten­tion in the sum­mer when she dons a bright feath­ery boa?

Astilbe – and what a great plant this is for semi-shade. It has at­trac­tive, finely-cut or ser­rated fo­liage and then these won­der­ful plumes of flow­ers in red, pink, pur­ple or white in sum­mer­time.

It’s happy in sun­shine as long as the soil doesn’t dry out. Its key re­quire­ment is damp, poorly-drained soil – boggy or pool­side sit­u­a­tions be­ing ideal.

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