Yippee! Filipendula was my first truly successful moist waterside habitat plant purchase. Things took a while to establish, but now every summer I am rewarded by huge pink fluffy flowers which remind me of candy floss. Until I look at them close-up...

Towards Autumn the seed heads are equally attractive - their colour starts a sunny bronze, and turns brown as winter approaches. The foliage has an attractive geometrical pattern, too.

 A great pondside planting if you've got room.

When I bought my Filipendula they were just a couple of roots in a bag of moist sawdust. For once I was really sensible - I planted them by the pond!

Filipendula by the Pond

They were totally forgotten for the first couple of years - then I remember the excitement when I actually noticed the pink fluffy flowers. It's taken five or six years for the clump of Filipendula to become properly established - now it's a feature of the whole pond garden in summer, taking over when the pink Ballerina roses finish their first flowering.