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Re: Question re: Astilbe

Thank you Ceres, very much. That sounds lovely. I printed it out (all of the suggestions) and they are in my gardening planner now. So, when I go to the nursery...I'm ready!

Jesse Rene' Bell
Claremore, OK
Zone 6

From: Cersgarden@aol.com
Reply-To: gardenchat@hort.net
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Question re: Astilbe
Date: Wed, 26 Feb 2003 14:59:42 EST

Jesse, I love to use the unusal in a container planting however I would
suggest other plants to provide interest. Astilbe foliage is not that
interesting by itself when not in bloom. The astilbe I have in my garden do
not bloom for very long. In addition, may I suggest a painted fern at the
edge of the container so it may spill over the side, a hosta (Halcyon is one
I like to use, great substance and will pull the blue from the fern) or
heuchera (Regina is a favorite), a fushsia for a litle color and your astilbe
center back. Also, maybe a little ivy to provide flow.
If you have a problem maintaining moisture add a layer of moss on top of
the soil. This will help keep the soil cool, maintain moisture and also
prevents splashing soil outside the container when watering.
I think this would be very nice in an old sizeable crock.

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