Astilbe 'Dark Side of the Moon'
Astilbe 'Dark Side of the Moon'
Astilbe 'Dark Side of the Moon'
Astilbe 'Dark Side of the Moon'
Astilbe 'Dark Side of the Moon'
Astilbe 'Dark Side of the Moon'
Astilbe 'Dark Side of the Moon'
Astilbe 'Dark Side of the Moon'

Astilbe 'Dark Side of the Moon'

"False goat's beard"

Astilbe 'Dark Side of the Moon'

1 bare root — £7.43

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Orders placed before 1 March 2024
You can expect your order in March 2024

Orders placed 1 March - 15 April 2024
You can expect your order in March/April 2024

Orders placed 16 April - 15 May 2024
You can expect your order within 10 business days

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Description

Explore a world of striking contrast, using Astilbe 'Dark Side of the Moon' as the ebony to your ivory. Pair it with zingy green grasses and hostas, or plants with big bright blooms like begonias, and you’ll be set for an out-of-this-world summer synthesis. The incredibly dark foliage of this false goat’s beard is indeed one astonishing feature, put together with its fountains of fluffy purple flowers and there you have one cracking ensemble.  

Astilbe 'Dark Side of the Moon' can grow in sun or shade—it’s not too fussy in that sense but it does need damp soil. This makes it very useful for filling gaps in what can be tricky conditions for some plants, such as cool, shady areas, clay soils or near water. Growing fairly quickly into a bushy plant, Astilbe 'Dark Side of the Moon' is a good choice of plant for relatively rapid results. Every year, this hardy perennial will grow back and bush out a little more each time.

Key features

  • Comes back every year

  • Loved by pollinators

  • Great for shade

  • In peat-free compost

  • Low maintenance

  • RHS Award (AGM)

  • Fully hardy

  • Slug & snail repellent

Specs & details

  • Botanical name

    Astilbe 'Dark Side of the Moon'®

  • Flower colour

    Purple, red

  • Plant size

    2/3 eyes

  • Established height

    70cm-1m

  • Established spread

    30-50cm

  • Plant spacing

    5 plants per m2

  • Leaf colour

    Green

  • Habit

    Upright
    Clump-forming

  • Life cycle

    Perennial

  • Hardiness

    Fully hardy

  • Years to establish

    2-3 years

  • Sunlight

    Full shade
    Partial shade
    Dappled shade

  • Position

    Sheltered

  • Suitable for

    Large containers
    Borders
    Cottage gardens
    Low maintenance gardens

  • Soil acidity

    Any

  • Soil moisture

    Damp
    Free draining

  • Soil type

    Loam
    Clay
    Loam-based compost

  • Growing skill

    Easy to grow

  • Scented

    No

  • Pollinator-friendly

    Yes

  • Mouse resistant

    No

  • Rabbit resistant

    Yes

  • Deer resistant

    Yes

  • Toxicity

    No report

Plant calendar

JanFebMarAprMayJuneJulyAugSepOctNovDec
  • Planting
  • Flowering

Useful information

    • Soak your Astilbe 'Dark Side of the Moon' roots in water for 3-6 hours prior to planting.

    • Plant your "False goat's beard" bare roots into temporary pots with a multipurpose compost in spring and grow-on in a sheltered spot outdoors.

    • Choose a pot which comfortably fits the bare roots. Some have a noticeable crown which should be just below the soil surface with any top growth exposed.

    • Plant out into borders or permanent containers in late spring or early summer once in full growth. Choose a position in sun or shade depending on the variety.

    Read all planting & care instructions

  • Orders placed before 1 March 2024
    You can expect your order in March 2024

    Orders placed 1 March - 15 April 2024
    You can expect your order in April 2024

    Orders placed 16 April - 15 May 2024
    You can expect your order within 10 business days

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