Lady’s Mantle –
Extremely popular for the beautiful foliage texture this lends to the garden. Plants form a mound of rounded, velvety soft olive-green leaves, which catch and hold water drops, then sparkle in the sun. Sprays of chartreuse flowers are a nice filler for cut arrangements. Excellent for edging. Plants should be sheared back after blooming to rejuvenate the leaves and generally tidy the clumps up for the remainder of the growing season. An easy-care perennial, growing well in sun or shade. May be divided in spring or early fall. Often self seeds around the garden.
Winchester Gardens generally stocks this item.
A. mollis will grow in nearly any moist, shady area that is well-drained. In the cooler summers of northern zones, they will grow in full sun if kept consistantly moist. In the south, they must be sheltered from the harsh afternoon sun and should be planted in fertile, moist soil. Bloom time may be reduced in hot climates. In the north, favorable conditions allow this plant to self-seed freely, with new plantlets popping up all around the original clump.
Sow seed in containers in spring. Divide in early spring or autumn.
Cut back hard after flowers brown to produce a second flush of growth and blooms.
Astilbe – Pastel shades of astilbe complement the flowers of lady’s mantle. Both prefer a moist, lightly shaded site.
Coralbells – With similar mounded growth habits, coral bells and lady’s mantle look like close relatives. The coral- pink blooms combine well with yellow-green lady’s mantle.
Ligularia – Surround The Rocket ligularia with lady’s mantle for a stunning flash of yellow in moist partial shade.