Tell us your Favorite Shade Plants: Astrantia/greater masterwort

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Tell us your Favorite Shade Plants

By dave
January 20, 2016

We're putting together a list of the ATP members' favorite shade plants! Come on in and read how to nominate your favorites! We will later publish a final article on the top picks.

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Name: Jeanie
Minnesota (Zone 4a)
Replace your lawn with a garden!
Enjoys or suffers cold winters Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Garden Procrastinator Daylilies Bee Lover Sedums
Hostas Dog Lover Xeriscape Region: Minnesota Heucheras Butterflies
Jan 24, 2016 8:38 PM CST
Astrantia is an understated flowering plant but is one of the longest blooming plants there is in my garden. It is not only trouble free but has the desirable effect of repelling slugs. The small delicate pincushion like flowers are produced in profusion all season long. The foliage is clean and clear and attractive at all times. It is well behaved and hardy. It would be a wonderful addition to any shade garden. Pictured below are Star of Billion, Vanilla Gorilla, Abbey Road and Lars varieties.

Greater Masterwort (Astrantia major)

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Old gardeners never die. They are just pruned and repotted.
Name: Debbie
Manitoba, Canada (Zone 3a)
Hostas Cat Lover Annuals Bulbs Container Gardener Critters Allowed
Enjoys or suffers hot summers Houseplants Foliage Fan Butterflies Bee Lover Native Plants and Wildflowers
Jan 25, 2016 7:10 AM CST
I agree Astrantias are a great addition to the shady garden. They are a beautiful background plant and I love how they intermingle with other plants, like your Star of Billion echoing the Hosta colours. That is a beautiful picture Jeanie! Florists love Astrantia as well because the flowering bracts are so long lasting in arrangements. They will self seed themselves as well, tucking themselves into little gaps in the soil. They are easy to remove and pass on to gardening friends if they are not wanted.
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Bulbs Cottage Gardener Roses Irises
Garden Ideas: Level 2 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Jan 25, 2016 12:42 PM CST
For years I've been intrigued by Astrantia, now I'm convinced I need to try some this year!
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Susie
Leonard, Minnesota (Zone 3b)
Composter Hellebores Garden Art Irises Xeriscape Echinacea
Sedums Foliage Fan Herbs Dahlias Frogs and Toads Bee Lover
Jan 25, 2016 3:09 PM CST
I agree Jeanie and Debbie. They bloom such a long time and although the flowers aren't large in themselves, the whole plant blooming is a lovely addition to the garden. I especially like your Abbey Road Jeanie.
Name: Mika
Oxfordshire, England and Mento
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Critters Allowed Daylilies Irises Roses Hostas
Birds Multi-Region Gardener Cat Lover Dog Lover Ponds Foliage Fan
Jan 25, 2016 3:23 PM CST
One of my favorites, understated elegance, they also make great cut flowers Thumbs up Thumbs up

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