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Astrantia major

Masterwort has a flower like no other, delicately colored and with a shape that has been described as both a pincushion and dustmop. This cottage charmer grows best in cool climates -- it struggles in the South. The domed flower clusters bloom atop wiry branched stems. White, rose, and pink flowers can occur in the same planting from self-sown seedlings.


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'Dark Shiny Eyes' masterwort
'Dark Shiny Eyes' masterwort
Astrantia major 'Dark Shiny Eyes' has deep red-violet blooms with silvery centers. It blooms in late summer. Zones 4-7
'Hadspen Blood' masterwort
'Hadspen Blood' masterwort
Astrantia 'Hadspen Blood' has rosy-red flowers for six weeks in spring and then reblooms in summer. It is a compact plant, reaching only 2 feet tall when in bloom. Zones 4-7
'Ruby Wedding' masterwort
'Ruby Wedding' masterwort
Astrantia major 'Ruby Wedding' has dark ruby flowers all summer on 30-inch-tall plants. Zones 4-7
'Snow Star' masterwort
'Snow Star' masterwort
Astrantia 'Snow Star' blooms with white flowers throughout late spring and early summer. Zones 4-7

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Astilbe brings a graceful, feathering note to moist, shady landscapes. In cooler climates in the northern third or so of the country, it can tolerate full sun provided it has a constant supply of moisture. In drier sites, however, the leaves will scorch in full sun.Feathery plumes of white, pink, lavender, or red flowers rise above the finely divided foliage from early to late summer depending on the variety. It will spread slowly over time where well-situated. Most commercially available types are complex hybrids.
Named for the Greek goddess of the rainbow, iris indeed comes in a rainbow of colors and in many heights. All have the classic, impossibly intricate flowers. The flowers are constructed with three upright "standard" petals and three drooping "fall" petals, which are often different colors. The falls may be "bearded" or not. Some cultivars bloom a second time in late summer. Some species prefer alkaline soil while others prefer acidic soil.Shown above: Immortality iris
Look at the delicate little flax plant with its masses of open, silky flowers, often in purest blue, and it's hard to imagine that it can also produce tough linen fibers. Each bloom lasts but a day, but the plant stays in bloom for a while since it produces so many -- not only in blue, but also clear yellow, depending on the variety.Flax must have a light, free-draining soil. Wet feet will kill it. Flax enjoys full sun but will tolerate light shade, especially in the Southern portion of the United States.

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