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Pink Filipendula,a Romantic Perennial

Pond garden with Filipendula by Mooseys Country Garden. Click on the image above to visit their site.


F. Kahome,12 inches tall, bright pink.About 20 years ago, when I came to understand how much the color pink in the garden meant to my wife, I began a search to find as many pink perennials as possible. On a hunting trip to the nursery, I stumbled upon a perennial that was new to me: Filipendula. Not really knowing what to expect, I added it to the pink repertoire in my garden.



F. Multijuga, 16 inches tall, pink.In its first season, it produced a modest low mound of foliage that produced tall spikes topped with feathery pink flowers; it maintained that dignified posture throughout the growing season. That was impressive. I also noticed that the foliage of this plant was similar in character to Astilbe. The base of the plant is always neat, and never spreads excessively. Like Astilbe, it is easy to lift and divide.




F.purpurea Elegans, 24 inches tall, dark pink.By year two, the number of spikes doubled and so did the number of pink plumes. By now, it had “gotten” to me. It was beautiful in a romantic way. By the third year, it was magnificent and made the garden into an enchanting place. Compared to other perennials that grow exponentially, this one never became messy and never spread very far. Yet, I have been able to propagate many offspring from this very first plant.


F. rubra Venusta Magnifica, 72 inches tall, Pink.I forgo the shorter, intensely pink varieties of Filipendula, that are include here, in order to focus on one variety only. Filipendula rubra Venusta Magnifica , the tallest and my favorite, has the power to transform any perennial garden from ordinary into majestic. Here is a perennial whose presence adds a romantic element that references the English style gardens.


F.rubra Venusta Magnifica in the old rectory garden of Sudborough, UK.


Garden photo, with Filipendula in the background, was taken by Brenda Adams, for the Anchorage Daily News. Click on the image to read the article.Filipendula will show best when grouped in threes or when planted repetitively in odd numbers. Do not plant it as a single specimen because it will not project from a distance. Its coloration will appear pale and its flowers will look too delicate. This perennial grows in sun to part shade in zones 3 to 8. Depending on the variety, its flowers will bloom from July until August or September. It is not too fussy about soil. Click here to see another image of tall Filipendula.