Amsonias Trends

Trends-ROB2Eastern Native Has A Strong Following

Amsonia sales have been gradually increasing over the past five years. It's a plant with a core of passionate supporters, surrounded by people who are interested in its unusual features. It is not a common perennial.

The plant is a native to eastern riverbanks and woodland edges, so it is comfortable with both humid summers and shrugs off local pests. Especially good where water may be a problem, Amsonia can handle some dry times as well. They are not fussy plants and easily thrive in most gardens with little care.

Amsonias offer three key selling features: the star-shaped flower clusters in the spring, the finely textured, thread-like foliage in the summer, and the bright golden hue it turns in the autumn. The definitive Amsonia is hubrichtii with its steel blue blooms that appear abundantly over the plant. Lately though, 'Blue Ice' has gotten traction in sales as well, so we recommend both.

Hubrichtii is the larger plant, about 3 feet tall, so reserve some space in the garden for it to grow into. It will take a couple of years for the plant to fully mature in size. ‘Blue Ice’ is much smaller at 12 to 15 inches.

Amsonias make sense in larger gardens or yards, especially the ones that back up into some sort of woodland area. They like full sun for their best displays, so keep them on the edge of the woods and not in the woods. Their sap is milky, so the deer really steer away from it.