- Partial Shade to Full Sun (4+ Hours Direct Sunlight)
- Mature Height 8 - 10 Inches
- Mature Spread 12 to 24 Inches
- Growing Zones 3 - 8
‘Astra Blue’ Dwarf Blue Balloon Flower is a dwarf form of the commonly known ‘Astra Blue’. The smaller Astra Blue Dwarf is the perfect well-behaved perennial to spruce up a mixed seasonal container or embellish a rock garden. The oversized flowers bloom nonstop from June to August to provide long-lasting color in the garden.
Balloon flowers are very cold tolerant and a great choice for gardens that have regular deer browsing. The flowers are rarely eaten by deer or rabbits, and the plant is generally disease- and pest-free. This easy-care perennial stays compact and dense, growing all season long without any need for deadheading.
Astra Dwarf Blue Balloon Flower Care
Plant Astra Dwarf Blue in a location with at least 4 hours of direct sun per day. Well-draining soil will help the plant grow healthy and free of any root issues. Fertilizing is only necessary once a year at the beginning of the growing season. Apply a balanced, extended-release fertilizer or a 1-2-inch layer of organic compost around the root zone.
Cut back the spent top growth of balloon flowers either in late fall or early in the spring. Deadheading is rarely required to encourage dwarf varieties to continue blooming, although plants can be cut back by half around midsummer to promote compact growth if necessary.
Astra Dwarf Blue Balloon Flower Spacing
Space Astra Dwarf Blue 8 inches apart when using it as a groundcover. This allows plants to fill in quickly and suppress weeds well. Balloon flowers planted in pots or mixed seasonal planters can be placed closer together, with 4-6 inches between plants.
Astra Dwarf Blue Balloon Flower Plant Facts
USDA Hardiness Zones: 3-8
Plant Type: Perrenial
Light Exposure: Partial Shade to Full Sun (4+ Hours Direct Sunlight)
Mature Height: 8 - 10 Inches
Mature Spread: 12 - 24 Inches
Mature Spacing: 12 - 16 Inches
Flower Color(s): Blue
Flower Description: Bell shaped with extra thick petals
|Bloom Period: Summer|
|Foliage Color(s): Green|
|Foliage Description: Green|
|Seasonal Interest: 4 Season Interest|
|Container Role: Filler|
|Uses: Border Plant, Container, Cut Flower, Mass Planting|
|Features: Attracts Pollinators, Thick Petals, Bell-shaped flowers|
|Brand: Proven Selections|
|Common Name: Balloon Flower|
|Scientific Name: Platycodon grandiflorus|
Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.
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Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.
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Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)
We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.
The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.
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Standard Colors: 2-3 business days
Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice
Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations
Time of Order:
- If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.
- We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location
Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.
It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.