Astilbe simplicifolia



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Astilbe simplicifolia ‘Aphrodite’

Astilbe simplicifolia ‘Aphrodite’ has warm rose-carmine plumes, that are plump and full of blossom.
Dark bronze-green foliage also has a ruddy blush, which complements the stout feathery plumes perfectly.
(Scroll down to “Growing” section below for plant details & how / where to grow).

A glow of rose

‘Aphrodite’ is a compact, dwarf (we would never mention dumpy) plant, but with a big production of flowers and colour fom a small space.
And even the foliage clump is stout and rounded. So ‘Aphrodite’ is ideal for smaller gardens.

Aglow in the shade

Astilbe simplicifolia hybrids originated in Japan. So they have a preference for partial shade and dappled light. However they will also accept quite heavy shade.

Growing: Astilbe simplicifolia ‘Aphrodite’

Height with flowers: Feathery plumes to approx 40cm. over late-spring-summer
Width: Forms a clump of broad, lobed foliage to a diameter of approx. 45-60cm. 
Position: Astilbe simplicifolia prefer partial shade and woodland conditions with dappled light. But ‘Aphrodite’ will also succeed in full shade.
Soil: Astilbes will give of their best in loam. They love fertilizer and compost, and can happily have their feet in the water if necessary. They enjoy retentive soil, including clay based soils.

Hardy & easy in the right spot

Frost: Astilbe are extremely frost hardy. So they are able to withstand frost to well below -20C.
Care: Astilbes are easy, low care plants, if they are given their preferred conditions. Then the only work required is to trim off spent flower stems to encourage a repeat of autumn blooms. And finally to chop them to the ground at the end of autumn.
Deer & Rabbit resistant: I would be heartbroken if marauding critters chewed off my gorgeous Astilbes. But fortunately they are not particularly attractive to rabbits, deer, slugs or snails.  

Long season of colour and interest

Growth: Deciduous hardy perennial.
And Astilbe simplicifolia have a wonderful bright yellow autumn foliage. So they are dormant over winter. Before re-emerging with marvellous red new spring foliage. Then flowering again in the spring and summer. So they have a very long season of interest in the garden. 
Astilbe simplicifolia ‘Aphrodite’ has particularly lovely foliage with cherry hues in spring. deepening to bronze-deep cherry- green shades over summer. 
Beneficial for wildlife: Butterflies are particularly attracted to the myriad of tiny nectar rich blossoms that make up feathery Astilbe plumes.
Origin: Astilbe simplicifolia originate from the forests and woods of Japan. However they have been hybridized, bred and cosseted over many centuries. 

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