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Astilbe 'Dark Side of the Moon'

False Goatsbeard

Hardy Perennial

What is Hardy Perennial?

Dramatic chocolate-brown foliage

Feathery plumes of pinkish-purple flowers

Looks fantastic contrasted with yellow foliage plants

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The first dark-leaved, purple-flowered Astilbe! Dark Side of the Moon forms mounds of deep chocolate foliage bearing dark stems covered in raspberry-red buds which blossom into upright, pinkish-purple plumes. The foliage emerges yellow before darkening to almost black.  A dramatic plant which looks fantastic with yellow foliage plants such as hostas and carex. Perfect for providing late summer colour in moist sites and even growing happily as a marginal in a pond or stream where its feet remain permanently wet. Superb as a fresh or dried cut flower.

Height: 50cm (20in). Spread: 60cm (24in).

Plant height and spread is seasonal therefore we list by pot size rather than a defined plant size. The height and spread of the plant delivered will vary depending on the season, meaning arrival images are an indication only.

Height Up to 50cm (20in)
Spread Up to 60cm (24in)

Hardy Perennial

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Flowering Months


1 x 9cm Potted Plant (KF1643)
2 x 9cm Potted Plants (KF1935)

Plant astilbes in sun or dappled shade. Astilbe plants require rich fertile soil that remains permanently moist, even in the height of summer. A boggy soil next to a pond or stream is ideal. On drier soils, incorporate plenty of well rotted manure or compost prior to planting and choose a shaded position.
Water regularly during hot, dry periods to prevent the soil from drying out. Divide over-crowded clumps of astilbe in spring when necessary, to increase their longevity. Apply a mulch around the base of the plant in spring to conserve moisture in the soil.

Seeds and garden supplies will normally be delivered within the time period stated against each product as detailed above. Plants, bulbs, corms, tubers, shrubs, trees, potatoes, etc. are delivered at the appropriate time for planting or potting on. Delivery times will be stated on the product page above, or in your order acknowledgement page and email.

Orders for packets of seed incur a delivery charge of £2.99.

Orders which include any other products will incur a delivery charge of £6.99.

Where an order includes both packets of seeds and other products, a maximum delivery charge of £7.99 will apply - regardless of the number of items ordered.

Large items may incur a higher delivery charge - this will be displayed in your shopping basket.

Please see our Delivery page for further details, and more information on different charges that may apply to certain destinations.

For more information on how we send your plants please visit our Helpful Guide on plant sizes.

Van Meuwen strives to ensure that all its plants are delivered to you in the perfect condition for planting. Sadly, the time it takes to deliver to certain locations in the UK means that we can't guarantee this, so regretfully we are unable to ship live plants to the following areas: HS, IV41-IV49, IV51, IV55-56, KW15-KW17, PA34, PA41-48, PA60-PA78, PA80, PH40-PH44, TR21-TR24, ZE1-ZE3

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