Where would gardening be without Astilbes? A natural for soft-looking vertical statements, it’s distinguished by spectacular feathery plumes rising above finely cut foliage of green and bronze. Its hardiness belies its lovely delicate form. Rewarding you with oodles of cut flowers, these easily grown, unflappable perennials prefer to lounge in cool moisture-retentive soil with sun to dappled shade.
Though this compact low-growing Astilbe is closely related to Astilbe ‘Sprite’, its fine-textured profile is taller and its glossy lobed leaves are a lighter green. The handsome mounding foliage yields firm wiry stems with posh open plumes of petite, starry light pink flowers that produce attractive rust-colored seed heads for winter appeal. Adored by floral designers, butterflies and hummingbirds, ‘Hennie Graafland’s fluffy pastel-hued blooms and steadfast habit prefer even moisture and look best when planted in drifts, either along a pond, pathway or border’s edge, where it braves rabbits, clay soil and occasional drought.
Size: 18" high x 18" wide.
Hardy to zone 4.
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Other selections in this genus:
- Astilbe x arendsii ‘Augustleuchten’
- Astilbe chinensis ‘Finale’
- Astilbe chinensis ‘Pumila’
- Astilbe chinensis var. taquetii ‘Purpurlanze’
- Astilbe chinensis var. Taquetii ‘Superba’
- Astilbe x crispa ‘Perkeo’
- Astilbe ‘Ellie’
- Astilbe ‘Flamingo’
- Astilbe ‘Ostrich Plume’
- Astilbe x ‘Snowdrift’
- Astilbe ‘Sprite’