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Astilbe chinensis 'Purple Lance' or purpurlanze

29 July 2017 23:03:58

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I read about this plant in a feature on Jimi Blake's garden in Garden Heaven a few years ago. I thought it was the answer to lack of height in late Summer shady borders and I loved its dramatic colour and shape.

I went about aquiring a number of plants and got four from various sources on the internet. Seamus O' Donnell of Cluain na dTor gardens kindly gave me a plant as well.

I planted them all and they did nothing at all for the first year.  This year, however, I am very happy to see the plants flowering in the border as I imagined them. They need a bit of staking as we have had a lot of wind and I will finish the job tomorrow.

Here's one plant that I staked this evening together with Angelica sylvestris purpurea or Angelica gigas. (I have both and they have crossed and also reverted to wild angelica) 

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Scrubber Scrubber 29 July 2017 23:28:12

I must say I love both! I must try for Angelica sylvestris purpurea as it looks a stunner!

accsean accsean 30 July 2017 00:01:52

Stunning, Moya. I'm the devil for not staking plants and promise myself to remedy the situation the following year. Alas we all know that good intentions don't get the job done.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 30 July 2017 07:57:20

Love the Astilbe, great height. 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 30 July 2017 08:05:01

Wow, that Astilbe is going right on my list. It's fab.

sallysarah sallysarah 30 July 2017 08:29:05

That's really nice  - love its strong colour!!!!!

Michele Maria Michele Maria 30 July 2017 11:54:18

I'm not a great one for staking but that Astilbe looks worth the effort.

fraoch fraoch 30 July 2017 19:47:44

Gorgeous combination!

Mary B Mary B 30 July 2017 19:52:27

That is a real beauty Moya

Moya Moya 30 July 2017 23:25:28

Thank you all very much. The combination is purely accidental as the Angelica are self sown. That's why I'm not sure if it is Angelica gigas or Angelica sylvestris purpurea. 

I know what you mean Jacinta, when I saw it I just had to get it - it has great stature and I am looking forward to it bulking up some more.

As for the staking, I didn't get out to get it finished today but there's always tomorrow between the showers. 


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