Plant Now: Astilbes


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If you find astilbes in your garden centre, plant some now. They are superb cut flowers with fluffy plumes in pink (as seen here), white, red or mauve. They’ll grow in sun or shade, with plumes appearing in spring and summer. They do best in cool summers, which is why you see more of them down south. In all cases, though, they like plenty of moisture.

If you prefer to grow by seed, you can get them from Kings Seeds and Egmont Seeds.

In this bouquet you can also see red peonies, red roses, white dahlias and the red berries of hypericum.

Spring blooms


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Such beauty in one bouquet. These spring arrangements include a mix of pretty pastels and look as though they’ve been plucked straight from the garden. The main flowers in the top two images include tulips, roses, clematis and astilbes.

Astilbes produce their fluffy blooms from spring through summer, with plants growing best in part shade and moist soil. The silver-felted leaves look to be Senecio cineraria ‘Cirrus’. Unfortunately, as far as I know, we don’t have this plant in NZ.

The bottom arrangement includes dogwood branches, hellebores, ranunculi and purple lilac. Such a delicious spring mix.

Images via  Once Wed (top and middle) and The Knot (bottom photo).

A case for baskets and boxes


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Box of astilbes
I could kick myself for the number of baskets I’ve thrown out over the years. They come and go out of fashion, but right now they’re super hot in garden design. They make excellent (if temporary) herb planters and they marry well with colourful annuals like pansies and stock. They make a lovely ‘vase’ too – especially when roses are in the mix. Wooden boxes are equally hot, as you can see in the above creation. Both arrangements are by the talented Susan from Florali. The design with the basket is from here and the wooden box creation is from here.

Plant Now: Astilbes


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Astilbes are great cut flowers that will grow in sun or shade, but in areas with hot summers they’re best grown in part shade. Their fluffy plumes can be white, red, pink or mauve  and appear in spring and summer. You can use the flower heads in fresh arrangements, or dry them for prolonged use. Just stand them in a vase with about 3cm of water and let the vase dry out. You can buy seeds from Kings Seeds and Egmont Seeds.

This gorgeous photo comes from Style Me Pretty.