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Astilbe

False Spiraea

Where would gardening be without Astilbes? A natural for soft-looking vertical statements, it’s distinguished by spectacular feathery plumes rising above finely cut foliage of green and bronze. Its hardiness belies its lovely delicate form. Rewarding you with oodles of cut flowers, these easily grown, unflappable perennials prefer to lounge in cool moisture-retentive soil with sun to dappled shade.

Winner of the 1994 Perennial Plant of the Year award plus the 1993 AGM, this long-loved Alan Bloom introduction is championed for its drooping, widely spaced shell-pink panicles and urbane, lustrous dwarf habit. Parented by Astilbe simplicifolia and Astilbe glaberrima saxatiles, ‘Sprite’s arching, airy array of star-shaped flowers lingers all summer above dense, fine textured fern-like greenery with bronze hues. Later, spent blooms morph into ornamental rust-colored seed heads, lending cozy late season allure.

Blooms July–August

Size: 12" – 18" high x 12" – 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

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Current Staff's Favorite Plant

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Our featured plant: Echinops bannaticus ‘Taplow Blue’

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Extraordinary Echinops!

Donning either frosty white, cobalt blue or steel-blue tones, the stunning floral orbs are perched atop straight sturdy stems with handsome jagged-edged foliage. These undemanding European natives prefer sunny well-drained niches, but can tolerate poor, sandy or rock-strewn sites. Cherished by pollinators, floral designers and plant connoisseurs alike, Echinops lend a statuesque presence to formal borders, cottage gardens, meadow-style plantings or cut arrangements.

Welcome pollinators into your garden….

with blooms that promise to buoy your spirits plus entice a plethora of pollinators, including moths, butterflies, hummingbirds and other beneficial insects. 

Most of are aware of the alarming decline in our bee and and butterfly populations. Recent studies indicate that planting a garden of any size, whether it's a substantial meadow or even a container, can attract and nourish pollinators. A network of pollinator gardens in neighborhoods, cities and rural areas throughout our country could provide enough habitat to maintain healthy communities of pollinators and other beneficial insects. 

We can make a difference by including numerous plants that benefit pollinators in our landscapes. We hope this selection of pollinator-friendly plants will inspire you to dig some into your garden. 

Happy August and Happy Digging from all of us Digging Dog plant wranglers!

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