Sunday Mirror

PLANT of the week Astilbe

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Astilbe or False goat’s beard is an easygoing perennial which has a lot to offer the summer garden. The decorative flower plumes in white, pink or red will rise cheerfully above the delightful ferny foliage.

This plant enjoys moist conditions, even boggy, and to be in cool shade alongside ferns, ligularia and hostas.

‘Bressingha­m Beauty’ is a tall variety, up to 1 metre, with lovely pink blossoms, but there are also dwarf varieties suitable for the smaller plot such as ‘Bronce Elegans’ which has creamy-pink flowers flushed with salmon. Astilbe flower panicles can be left to go to seed and over winter for additional seasonal interest.

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