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22/06/2013 at 13:02

Astrantias featured this week on may have seen Momty.....introduce Carol and her piece on them

I grow a few varieties....this year they are huge. ..they have loved this weather. My latest acquisition last year was a white variety called Jumble Hole and I love it.  However, they all are plants that produce flowers with "gems" in their "faces".  They are flowers to peer into and be dazzled by.

Astrantias.....favourites or not?

22/06/2013 at 13:04

oh yes, Verdun. A bit on the dry side for them here but I've found a good place for Hadspen Blood. Some of the lighter ones still need better soil. They wouldn't do in much sun on our soil.

22/06/2013 at 13:07

Hiya nut,  think you're right about the lighter ones needing better soil.  Mind you in partial shade the lighter ones show up better

22/06/2013 at 17:50

Just got into them. Have some Shaggy's aNd some unnamed red ones.  WW donated some to me last weekend, so looking forward to growing them on.  What are the names of the best pink ones?

22/06/2013 at 20:23

all my pinks are seedlings with no names chicky. I bought Hadspen Blood and grew a mix from seed. 

22/06/2013 at 21:10

I grow Roma which is a superb pink and flowers for weeks.  

22/06/2013 at 21:30

I also love them and mine are huge this year. I have Shaggy, Florence a lovely deep red just know as Rubra and another one, may be Roma.

I had to move a Rubra and it just naturally split into 5 a couple of weeks ago. 3 put straight into the garden have taken and the others are potted up and having some tlc.


23/06/2013 at 00:11

Sunningdale variegated is a superb foliage variety with white flowers.  Plant next to purple or black Heuchera. Jumble hole is my fav...check it out.  Venice is one I want to add

23/06/2013 at 10:53

Loois like Roma is going on my list.... Which seems to be getting expensively long

23/06/2013 at 11:55's only money!  Dove Cottage nurseries  if I remember correctly has a good range of Astrantias.  It's where I got Jumble Hole

23/06/2013 at 12:05


I was so pleased to see Astrantias on Gardener's World - I have just discovered them and am trying desperately to get more as I'm trying to create a 'cottage Garden' and they stand up so well with virtually any other plant - I love 'em

23/06/2013 at 12:29

How can you have an astrantia thead without photos.

Here are some of mine, not necessarily very clear as camera on the blink. They are a lot more out now

 Roma I think?

 Possibly Florence


I would love to see that combination, is it possible?


23/06/2013 at 13:15

 sorry dont know what varieties 

23/06/2013 at 13:45

23/06/2013 at 13:55

Fair,point Matty.  Will post some.  Always waiting for best time but mine are out but the neighbours aren't quite.  My niece will do the pics for me.

Hiya muttley, they are great cottage garden plants even though mine isn't exactly that. 

23/06/2013 at 15:49

Don't forget! 

23/06/2013 at 16:28

Ok boss


23/06/2013 at 16:33

Matty if we keep on at him long enough he'll put some pix on! 

23/06/2013 at 20:44

I will, I will I will.  

24/06/2013 at 06:40

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