The Astilbe is a shade plant with delicate feathery flowers.

Part of the You Can Learn Landscaping and Gardening series.
By Ken Brown
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.
Perennial Shade
Attracts birds, bees and butterflies Requires moist cool soil
Grows to 1 to 4 feet high Grows 2 feet wide
Flowers from June to July Colors of Cream, Pink, Red, Magenta and White

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The Astilbe.
Astilbe Perennial


Flowers of the Astilbe.
The Astilbe.
Flowers of the Astilbe Perennial

Place Astilbe in partial shade where the plant will receive some sun. Too much sun and dryness will produce a poorly grown plant with flowers dying early in the season. Keep soil moist and well drained for best results. The astilbe produces delicate leaves and feathery flowers.

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