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Plant of the Month: Astrantia

By Ransoms | 6th May 2024 | 3 min read

As the days stretch longer and the sun warms the soil, these months brings a burst of vibrant blooms to gardens. Our Plant of the Month for May is the Astrantia, a delightful perennial that offers elegance and charm throughout the summer.

A Showstopper in the Shade

Unlike many summer flowers that crave full sun, astrantia thrives in partial shade. This makes it a perfect choice for brightening up those often-neglected areas under trees or along north-facing borders. Its star-shaped blooms, which come in shades of pink, burgundy, and white, rise gracefully above lush, ferny foliage.

Long-lasting Beauty

Astrantia is a low-maintenance plant that rewards gardeners with long-lasting blooms. The delicate flowers appear in June and continue their display well into August, attracting butterflies and pollinators to your garden.

Varieties to Suit Every Taste

There are several astrantia varieties available, each offering a unique look.

  • Astrantia major: The classic astrantia, with large, star-shaped flowers in shades of pink and burgundy.
  • Astrantia carniolica: A more compact variety with delicate white flowers and a long flowering season.
  • Astrantia ‘Roma’: This variety boasts deep red, almost black flowers, adding a touch of drama to the shade.

Planting and Care Tips for Astrantia

  • Choose a location with moist, well-drained soil.
  • Plant your astrantia in spring or autumn.
  • Water regularly, especially during dry spells.
  • Deadhead spent flowers to encourage further blooms.
  • Astrantia is generally pest and disease resistant.

Adding Astrantia to Your Garden

Astrantia’s versatility makes it a welcome addition to various garden styles. Here are some ideas for incorporating it into your landscape:

  • Cottage Gardens: Combine astrantia with roses, lavender, and foxgloves for a classic cottage garden look.
  • Woodland Gardens: Plant astrantia alongside ferns, hostas, and hellebores to create a shady haven.
  • Containers: Astrantia’s compact size makes it ideal for pots and patio planters. Pair it with shade-loving annuals for a colourful display.

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