This is a lovely clump forming deciduous spurge with red stems and lovely orangey red blooms all summer through to Autumn. Be very careful when cleaning up and tidying around this perennial as it exudes a milky sap when foliage or stems get broken or crushed – some people can be allergic to the sap. As it tends to move around the garden it should really be split and divided on a regular basis. This is one of those hardy plants which wont normally survive the winter if kept outside in pots though! Will grow in any moist well drained soil, full sun to part shade!
Astilbe Delft Lace – I came across this gorgeous Astilbe in a garden centre last year, and thankfully it survived our awful winter, even though it was not a large plant when put in the ground in Autumn! It has the most beautiful lacy foliage and red stems, with long blooming pink flowers. It’s been going for a couple of months now at least, and the foliage has turned a lot darker due to it being in full sun – another bonus – rabbit and deer resistant! Like most Astilbes it prefers a moist soil and full sun to flower profusely!