Amber Moon Astilbe

Amber Moon Astilbe

Astilbe chinensis 'Amber Moon' 26,028


$16.95
Buy 3+ at $15.95 ea
Buy 6+ at $13.95 ea

Amber Moon is a gorgeous Chinese Astilbe hybrid that blooms from midsummer to fall. Admired for its lace-like foliage that comes out in full force during the spring, its pale green-yellow leaves have a distinct hint of red that allow this plant to stand out among darker plants.

Once the middle of summer arrives, this perennial plant blooms panicles that range from light rose to dark pink. Very attractive to butterflies, they really stand out in the shade border.

Amber Moon reaches about 3 feet tall and 2 feet wide, with a pleasingly layered, mounded habit. It loves partial shade and can even take darker sites, but its yellow foliage will burn with too much sun. Find a place of honor for it!

Amber Moon comes to us from breeder Darrell Probst, and its pedigree shows. Once established, this is quite a low maintenance perennial, only asking for regular watering and decently fertile soil. The color play is magnificent, season after season. Make this Chinese Astilbe hybrid part of your permanent landscape! Zones 4-9.

  • Butterflies like a lot of sunlight, so locate your garden in a sunny area.

  • If you live in a windy location, plant your butterfly-attracting plants near a building, fence, or hedge to protect them.

  • Plant a variety of nectar-rich plants, as well as shrubs and evergreens for shelter.

  • Since many butterflies and native flowering plants have co-evolved, try to put in some that are native to your area. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildlife Center provides lists of plants native to states and regions.

  • Certain colors are particularly attracting to butterflies – red, yellow, pink, purple, or orange blooms that are clustered or flat-topped, with a short flower tubes are especially attractive to adult butterflies.

  • Avoid using pesticides, especially around nectar-producing plants.

  • Provide a shallow source of water – try a birdbath with pebbles lining the bowl.

  • Place a rock in a sunny spot for butterfly basking and resting.

  • Create a "puddling area" by digging a shallow hole filled with compost or manure where rainwater will collect and release essential salts and minerals.

  • If you want butterflies to breed in your garden, put in some caterpillar food plants, such as parsley, milkweeds, asters, thistles, violets, clover, grasses, and Queen Anne’s Lace.

  • Since butterflies need nectar throughout the entire adult phase of their lives, try to create a design that will allow for a continuous bloom – when one stops blooming, another starts.
Astilbe
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Planting:

Set out plants in spring or fall, 15 to 18 inches apart. Astilbes prefer partial to full shade, but may be grown in sun in northern areas if particular attention is paid to maintaining a constant supply of moisture, especially early in the growing season. (Failure to do this will produce poor, chlorotic, unattractive foliage.) A soil well-enriched with organic matter is essential.


Maintenance:

Astilbes are vulnerable to drought, and should be watered liberally; a year-round mulch will help retain moisture and moderate soil temperature. Other than that, and dividing established plants every few years, preferably in the fall, they are relatively care-free.

Their plumy inflorescences, even when dry, provide winter interest, so we suggest that they not be cut back until spring, prior to the onset of new growth.


Zones:

Zones various

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Tips for gardening in particularly hot, dry climates:


1. Water with a drip system whenever possible – soak the bed slowly and thoroughly to a depth of 10" to 12".

2. Watering deeply every 3 to 5 days is preferable to a shallow daily watering.

3. Water in the early morning, so foliage has time to dry.

4. Add a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch or similar material to aid in water retention and help keep the roots cool during hot weather.