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You Can Learn Landscaping and Gardening series.
By Ken Brown
Updated: July 9, 2005
The astilbe is a plant with delicate feathery flowers. The astilbe
prefers shade, but will grow in sunshine. They do not put up with hot, dry
weather. They prefer moist shady spots in your garden.
They come in a variety of colors and styles with colors of pink, red, magenta,
cream and white. The astilbe will bloom in June and July. If the plant drys out
in hot weather then the flowering will be over for the summer.
You can divide the astilbe in early spring. Remove the entire clump, cut into
smaller clumps and then replant. Remember the different cultivars you have when
replanting. Generally this perennial is pest free, though you may have troubles
with slugs. Use bait traps where needed in moist, cool locations
These plants should go into your shade garden. They look great next to Hostas
and ferns. Water these delicate flowers during hot dry spells to keep the
flowers looking nice.