Astilbe simplicifolia ‘Willy Buchanan’
Astilbe simplicifolia ‘Willy Buchanan’ is petite, compact and daintily pretty. So he is ideal for small gardens or a starring role at the front of any show.
Arches of softest pale pink
Loose, elegant, airy branches of softest pale pink and cream blossoms, allow ‘Willy Buchanan’ to steal the show, despite his small size.
The flower branches arch and fountain in such an elegant way.
(Scroll down to “Growing” section below for plant details & how / where to grow).
Finest quality foliage
All Astilbe simplicifolia hybrids are noted for their lovely foliage. But ‘Willy Buchanan’ is in the next league again.
He produces a clump of finely cut leaves of attractive dark bronze over summer, also on arching stems.
But when the foliage emerges in spring it is rich burgundy, and then in autumn it turns vivid flame gold.
‘Willy Buchanan’ is an elegant dwarf plant, but with a big production of flowers and colour from a small space.
Astilbe simplicifolia hybrids are notable for having a longer flowering season than other types of Astilbes.
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 as long as they are well aired.
Growing: Astilbe simplicifolia ‘Willy Buchanan’
– Height with flowers: Feathery arching plumes to approx 20cm. over late-spring-summer
– Width: Forms a clump of broad, lobed foliage to a diameter of approx. 30-40cm.
– Position: Astilbe simplicifolia prefer partial shade and woodland conditions with dappled light. But ‘Willy Buchanan’ will also succeed in full shade. Simplicifolia hybrids are particularly appreciative of shade, and even 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-red 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.
– 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 to become the aristocrats they are today.