For a fancy floral display, the Astrantia Major is a great choice. Its pincushion shaped flowers will grow between June and September and look plenty more difficult to grow than they actually are. So impressive are these blooms, they can also be brought inside and enjoyed as long-lasting cut flowers in both fresh and dried arrangements.
The Astrantia Major is a great pollinator, so expect bees and butterflies to flock to your garden where this is planted.
Despite their pretty appearance, you may be surprised to learn that Astrantia plants are in the same family as carrots (Apiaceae). The best growing conditions for them include moist soil and a position with sun or partial shade, however they can tolerate drier conditions.
How to keep me happy
Plant size: W17cm x H45cm
Hardiness: Fully hardy
Ideal for: I'm happy in a pot or a flowerbed
Position in: I like the sun, but I'm okay with a bit of shade
Pollinator: The bees and butterflies love me
Easy to grow: I'm a low maintenance plant
Jo's Top Tip
Astrantias tend to be self-seeders, so deadhead regularly if you want to avoid this. Plus, it'll encourage further flowering, too.