Bedner's Farm & Greenhouse

The May Perennial and Houseplant of the Month

Astilbe ‘Deutschland andGynura aurantiaca,’ Purple Passion Vine

We’re paying a little more well deserved attention to a select perennial and select houseplant each month. You’ll find them in the garden center, and when you download the free Bedner’s app, you’ll save $4ea on your perennial and $2ea on your houseplant purchases during their month in the spotlight.

Perennial of the Month

Astilbe ‘Deutschland’

You may have mastered the art of leafy foliage for shady spots in your yard (think Hosta and fern varieties), but Astilbe ‘Deutschland’ adds masses of glowing white blooms.

You’ll recognize Astilbe by its lush, almost pillowy flower plumes that appear early to mid-summer and last well into fall. No deadheading required and the plumes even turn a warm, caramel color if you prefer a little winter interest. Its dark-green, glossy foliage grows in a handsome fernlike mound that makes a short (24-30in tall), compact border or great container plant.

Yours will bloom profusely in part to full shade where ample moisture is a little easier to come by. Add a layer of mulch to seal in moisture and keep your Astilbe cool.

An added treat? Your Deutschland will almost appear to glow in the evening garden.

Houseplant of the Month

Gynura aurantiaca,’ Purple Passion Vine

The velvet plant, also known as ‘Gynura aurantiaca,’ or Purple Passion Vine, is actually covered in tiny, soft, vividly purple hairs! We especially love this plant in a quirky colored pot or something more formal like copper or silver…setting it apart the same you would a piece of furniture upholstered in velvet.

If there’s one thing to remember to keep your Purple Passion Vine happy (and the purpliest of purple), it’s to give it as much bright indirect light as possible. Early morning light is extra helpful. We place ours on a tray with pebbles or stones and water from the bottom, keeping it moist but never drenched or sitting in water.


Yours is a fast grower that likes to grow horizontally as a vine, first shooting out dark-green stems then growing its fantastic fuzzy, serrated foliage.


Remember, when you download the free Bedner’s Farm & Greenhouse app, you’ll save on a new Perennial and Houseplant every month during the growing season.

The people of Bedner’s Farm & Greenhouse are here to inspire future plant people. We care about the vast benefits to our environment, health and quality of life, and would love to share it all with you. Ask if you have any questions on how to plant and care for your perennials and houseplants. We’d be thrilled to help.