Easy to Grow – Thrives in Shade The Ornamental Grass ‘Ice Dance’, Carex morrowii ‘Ice Dance’, also known as Sedge, is a great addition to a shaded perennial garden. This easily grown Sedge prefers wet soil and is low maintance, but does need regular waterings. ‘ Ice Dance’ has a plant height and spread of 12-15. With grass-like green leaves, the centers are pure white with triangular stems, as compared to rounded grass stems. Try planting this Sedge in woodland gardens, as a border plant or combined with Heuchera and Ferns. It has no significant insect or disease problems. * Drought tolerant* Disease & insect resistant* Easy to grow .
Red Plumes From Red Foliage Astilbe Radius, Astilbe ‘Radius’, is an outstanding new hybrid that starts showing off in the spring when the foliage emerges dark red, and then matures to dark green. Astilbe ‘Radius’ blooms profusely in midsummer when the dark red flowers buds open to deep rose-red plumes that butterflies and hummingbirds love. Radius is perfect for ‘lifting’ shady areas. Deadheading will not increase blooms, so leave the dried seed heads to provide late season interest. Cut back hard in spring. Radius blooms are slightly fragrant and makes a great cut flower. Astilbes are long-lived perennials that are most comfortable when grown in rich soil and light shade to filtered sun. They will grow in full shade, but will not bloom as prolifically there. Though they are easy to grow, Astilbes have one critical requirement–lots of water. Plants must have consistently moist soil; dryness leads to a quick demise, especially in the sun. Fertilize Astilbes in late spring before flowering starts. Wait to cut back the old foliage until spring; it will help protect the plant from winter damage. They are deer and rabbit resistant. * Red Foliage Matures to Green* Mid Summer Red Plumes* Attracts Butterflies, Resists Rabbits and Deer.
Red Plumes Over Bronze Foliage The Astilbe Chinensis Visions in Red PP#119, ‘Chinensis Visions’, produces large rusty maroon red flowers that are tinted with a faint rosy tone that is ever-changing as the flower plume matures throughout the summer. The ‘Visions in Red’ plumes offer a striking contrast against the lacy, bronze-green foliage. These mid summer blooming beauties are ideal for borders, containers, and gardens on the edge of woodlands. Astilbe is admired for its attractive foliage and elegant flower plumes. The summer lacy bronze green foliage adds a ferny texture to garden beds long after the blooms have faded. For maximum color and impact, mass ‘Red Visions’ astilbe in groups in partly to fullly shaded gardens. Astilbe needs well drained, but moist and highly organic soil; humusy forest gardens are a perfect example of where these plants will thrive. This Astilbe will tolerant full sun in cooler climates and attracts butterflies and humingbirds, but is disease, deer, and rabbit resistant. Drifts of this ‘Visions in Red’ Astilbe are stunning as the deep red buds open into purplish-red plumes. Pair with other mid summer blooming shade plants like Japanese Orchids, summer blooming Astilbes, or annuals. * Large, Dense, Red Plumes in Mid Summer* Lacy Bronze Green Foliage* Attracts Hummingbirds and Butterflies, but is Deer and Rabbit Resistant.