Astilbe x hybrid ‘Red Wonder’
Astilbe x hybrid ‘Red Wonder’ is a new, modern hybrid, especially bred for commercial cut flower production.
Vivid red willowy plumes
Vivid red, willowy slender plumes, make this new hybrid Astilbe one to covet.
And the fresh green, refined foliage is the perfect setting for the fire red blooms.
‘Red Wonder’ is tall and elegant, and perfect for cutting armloads of blooms for the vase.
As it has been especially bred as a commercial proposition for long and prolific blooming.
(Scroll down to “Growing” section below for plant details, how / where to grow).
Aglow in the shade
Astilbe have a preference for partial shade and woodland conditions with dappled light. Though they are perfectly happy in full shade, as long as it is well aired.
They can also thrive in sun in cooler districts, but only with a steady and regular supply of water to overcome the heat.
Growing: Astilbe x hybrid ‘Red Wonder’
– Height with flowers: Feathery plumes to a tall and elegant 75cm. approx, over late-spring-summer
– Width: Forms a clump of refined foliage to a diameter of approx. 60-75cm.
– Position: Astilbe prefer partial shade and woodland conditions with dappled light. But will also succeed in full shade, as well as there is good air and light levels.
– Soil: Astilbes will give of their best in loam. They love fertilizer and compost, and can happily have their feet in the water permanently if necessary. They enjoy retentive soil, including clay based soils.
And let’s not fool ourselves – no Astilbe is drought hardy. They like regular water, although if it is regular – it does not need to be lots. Though they will grow happily with their feet in the water.
Hardy & easy in the right spot
– Frost: Astilbe japonica 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 even one of my gorgeous Astilbes, lt alone gorgeous ‘Red Wonder’. But fortunately they are not particularly attractive to rabbits, deer, slugs or snails.
Long season of colour and interest
– Growth: Deciduous hardy perennial.
An Astilbe japonica have wonderful glowing golden 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. But they have to try to beat the little native bees who usually get there first.