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Actaea ‘Pink Spike’


Attracts Wildlife
150cm x 75cm
Partial Shade
Fully Hardy
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Actaea ‘Pink Spike’ is cherished by our team for its robust presence in your shaded garden spots. This perennial shines in woodland gardens or alongside streams and ponds, where its tall spires of fragrant pink flowers stand out. Pairing with Ferns and Hostas will provide a lush, textural display. Its attractive foliage and sweet scent make it a favourite among gardeners, while its resilience in shade adds versatility to your garden designs.


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Actaea 'Pink Spike' is a fascinating addition to our range, prized for its sweet fragrance and its suitability for shaded garden areas. Flowering from September to October, this perennial brings a late-season flourish to mixed beds and borders, where its delicate, bottlebrush-like blooms add texture and interest. Our horticultural team highly values Actaea 'Pink Spike' for its ability to thrive in low-light conditions, making it an ideal choice for shaded spots where other plants may struggle. Its dark, deeply divided foliage provides a striking contrast to its vibrant pink flowers, creating a visually appealing display that enhances the depth and dimension of any garden design. This versatile plant fits beautifully into Cottage Gardens styles, where its old-fashioned charm compliments traditional aesthetics, and in Wildlife Gardens, where its blooms attract pollinators and beneficial insects. Actaea 'Pink Spike' also integrates well into mixed perennial beds and borders, offering a fragrance and illuminates shaded spots to enhance your overall design. With its fragrant flowers and robust nature, Actaea Pink Spike' is a admired by our horticultural team, appreciated for its late-season blooms ensuring your garden remains vibrant and attractive well into the Autumn months.

Planting Conditions

Actaea perennials thrive in moist, well-drained soil rich in organic matter. They prefer partial to full shade, making them ideal for woodland gardens or shaded borders. To plant, we advise digging a hole twice the size of the root ball, mix in compost or well-rotted manure, and place the plant at the same depth it was in the pot. Backfill with soil and water thoroughly. Mulch around the base to retain moisture and suppress weeds. These conditions will help Actaea 'Pink Spike' flourish and produce their striking blooms.

Watering & Feeding

On our nursery, we advise watering your Actaea regularly, ensuring the soil remains consistently moist but not waterlogged. During dry periods, increase the frequency of watering. These plants benefit from a Spring application of balanced, slow-release fertiliser to promote healthy growth and flowering. Mulching with organic matter helps retain moisture and provides additional nutrients. Avoid over-fertilising, as it can lead to excessive foliage at the expense of blooms. Consistent watering and appropriate feeding will ensure robust and vibrant Actaea plants in your garden.

General Care

Actaea are low-maintenance and hardy. Keep the soil consistently moist, adding mulch to retain moisture and suppress weeds. Deadhead spent flowers to encourage new blooms and maintain a tidy appearance. Cut back foliage to the ground in late Autumn to prepare Actaea for the Winter. These plants are generally resistant to pests and diseases, though occasional slug or snail damage may occur. With proper care and attention, Actaea will thrive, adding wildlife and fragrance to your garden.