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What to put in a shady corner of a garden? The Astilba of

On any site will be the shady town demanding scenery some beautiful shade-enduring plants. Also it is desirable such that also with them it is less efforts, and with waterings there was no headache. That put and forgot, and they grow to themselves and decorate, without making a special complaint.

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About an akvilegiya to em, but one more of representatives of such unpretentious plants is the decorative perennial of Astilba (Astilbe). It is widespread in North America, East Asia where it meets its more than 30 wild-growing types. About ten from them grow up in culture, quite successfully removing new grades.

quite powerful branched rhizome with numerous shnurovidny roots has

of Astilba. The beautiful sprawling bush from twice - and trizhdyrassechenny leaves on strong reddish shanks is beautiful always, not only during blossoming.

Flowers very small, are collected in graceful inflorescences - whisks on high tsvetonosa, appear in the first half of summer. Their coloring happens white, cream, red and one-time - crimson the most different shades.

Numerous cultural kinds and grades of an astilba depending on growth are subdivided by

on dwarfish (up to 30 cm high), undersized (30 - 60 cm), srednerosly (60 - 90 cm) and tall (90 - 150 cm). On blossoming terms there are distinctions too: early-flowering types and grades blossom in June, more widespread srednerosly hybrids blossom closer to the middle of summer, there are grades blossoming at the end of summer.

Leaving. The general criteria for successful cultivation such: regular watering, fertile moisture capacious soil and moderate solar lighting. The Astilba prefers a semi-shady and shady arrangement with rather humidified soil - all this is in our shady corners. On open solar places she demands continuous waterings and a careful mulchirovaniye of the soil for protection against loss of moisture and an overheat of roots.

Expanding, rhizomes muffle any weeds therefore weeding is required only at the beginning of growth for young plants. It will be still necessary to pay it attention after blossoming - to remove tsvetonosa. Though it is possible to leave them as additional ornament till fall: even in a moist look they are in own way beautiful.

in the Fall land escapes cut off

at the level of the soil and mulch bushes peat or at least powder with the soil. The matter is that though the astilba is also very frost-resistant, but its rhizome has tendency to izrastatsya up and to become bare a little. Therefore in frosty low-snow winters old bushes can freeze. The prewinter mulchirovaniye guarantees safety of a plant in any frosts. Young bushes can be protected in addition from cold weather by means of fir-tree fir twigs and other suitable materials.

does not recommend to Grow up astilba bushes on one place more than 5 years, they need to be rejuvenated, dividing into several parts. It is regularly because very old share with great difficulty better to carry out rejuvenescence of bushes. As a rule, division is carried out in the spring or in the early fall, transplanting the received young allotments in a friable fertile soil. Astilba easily transfer the rejuvenating division and next year actively grow and blossom.

Division of rhizomes is the main way of reproduction. The rhizome is cut on the parts having at least one deflowered stalk with the replacing kidneys at the basis. Such plant next year will already blossom. It is possible to take for reproduction and part of a rhizome without deflowered stalks: on them there are sleeping kidneys which will give in the spring young escapes.

At reproduction by seeds them is sowed in February - March after stratification, having scattered on a surface of the humidified pochvosmesa and having covered with a film. In heat the place in 2 - 3 weeks gentle small shoots appear. It is necessary to humidify carefully the soil, without allowing it to dry up. At the end of spring the grown-up seedlings can already be planted in the semi-shady place in an open ground, without forgetting about regular waterings and podkormka.

of Astilba enjoys deserved popularity at flower growers thanks to the unpretentiousness and plentiful long blossoming. It perfectly looks near coniferous and ornamental shrubs in shady places, on lawns as a soliter and in group composition, in rock gardens and on the bank of a reservoir, in rabatka and large orchestra seats. Its graceful inflorescences widely use by drawing up bouquets and flower arrangements.