Tranquil attention-getters…


Feathery plumes of tiny flowers bring prominent attention to this shade-loving, summer bloom. In the fall, it is often Goldenrods in their golden show or many perennials’ seed heads that create such a fuzzy manifestation. These bunches are the low blossoming Astilbe perennial used as border plants in one of my beds surrounded by Pachysandra ground cover. It is one of my least aggressive plants, so I regularly defend it’s territory, thinning out invading, more prolific, species. This year’s blooms are more outstanding in part due to our very wet spring and early summer.

Ants on blooming Astilbe plumes. Copyright 2015 Pamela Breitberg

Ants on blooming Astilbe plumes. Copyright 2015 Pamela Breitberg

Blooming Astilbe among Pachysandra ground cover. Copyright 2015 Pamela Breitberg

Blooming Astilbe among Pachysandra ground cover. Copyright 2015 Pamela Breitberg

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