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Astilbe japonica Montgomery

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The number one red Astilbe, this variety produces bright red plumes for a blaze of color in shady spots. Especially striking planted in groups. (Astilbe japonica)

Zones 3 - 8
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Easy to Grow
Easy to Grow
Cut Flowers
Cut Flowers
Light Requirements
Half Sun / Half Shade
Half Sun / Half Shade
Full Shade
Full Shade
Mature Plant Size 20-24" tall, 24" wide
Bloom Time Mid to late summer
SKU 31PER3

Plant Information

Montgomery is the classic red. Many gardeners plant this one in quantity, for a big blaze of true red. It never disappoints.

About Astilbes: Easy to grow, tough and hardy, Astilbes are now a mainstay in all good perennial gardens. In fact, American gardeners are in the midst of a passionate love affair with Astilbes. Native to the far east, these beautiful plants and their hybrids have revolutionized the perennial possibilities of moist, shaded American gardens. They are companions of ferns and our favorite annuals, impatiens--one of the few flowers that make big color in full or partial shade.

The vast majority of the scores of hybrids now available are the work of one man, master hybridizer Georg Arends (Yes, that's why you keep seeing arendsii tacked onto hybrid names.) Mr. Arends, working in Ronsdorf, Germany spent decades hybridizing Sedums, Phlox, Campanulas....and his first love, Astilbes. In 1933, Arends introduced 74 different Astilbe cultivars, and there have been hundreds since.

These plume-flowered plants have ultra-handsome fern-like foliage, (usually dark glossy green) and stiff stems that always hold the elegant plumes aloft without any staking. Flower arrangers find the flower plumes are just as handsome in a vase as in a garden.

From tiny dwarfs to big draping hybrids, Astilbes are all quite easy to grow, as long as their ground does not dry out for long. They must have plenty of moisture, so choose your locations carefully.

Associated SKUs
31PERG
31PER3 (Bag of 3)
31FPER3 (Bag of 3) - Out of stock.
31PER30 (Bag of 30) - Out of stock.
Common Name False Spirea
Botanical Name Astilbe japonica
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements Half Sun / Half Shade, Full Shade
Flower Color Red
Mature Height 20-24" tall
Estimated Mature Spread 24" wide
Bloom Time Mid to late summer
Planting Depth Plant so that the top of the root is 1" below the soil line.
Ships As Bare Root
Foliage Color Green
Planting Time Spring / Summer
Soil Type Clay Soil, Loamy Soil, Moist/Wet Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Moist/Wet
Advantages Deer Resistant, Easy to Grow, Cut Flowers
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

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Shipping begins in late March based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first.

As soon as your order is placed you will receive an order confirmation email that will include your shipping information. We ship perennials and spring-planted bulbs at the proper planting time for your hardiness zone. Perennials and spring-planted bulb orders will arrive separately from seeds. If your order requires more than one shipment, there is no additional shipping charge. See our shipping information page for approximate ship dates and more detailed information. If you need express shipping or have any questions, please call Customer Service toll-free at (877) 309-7333 or contact us by email.

You will receive a second email the day your order ships telling you how it has been sent. Your order is scheduled to arrive at your door, fresh and ready to plant, usually within 3-5 days of leaving our warehouse, depending on your shipping address. We pack our plants to withstand up to 10 days in transit, in the event transit is delayed. We cannot guarantee arrival on a specific day. Please make sure to open your package upon receipt and follow the instructions included.

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American MeadowsAstilbe japonica Montgomery
 
3.7

(based on 14 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (3)

79%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (3)
  • Healthy (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

No Best Uses
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Robust and Gorgeous Foliage

I planned two shade gardens and bought my plants all from American meadows for my shedside garden. The garden has montgomery astilbe, lady fern, a hybrid lobelia (which was not a good...Read complete review

I planned two shade gardens and bought my plants all from American meadows for my shedside garden. The garden has montgomery astilbe, lady fern, a hybrid lobelia (which was not a good choice) and solomon's seal.

I had been lusting after astilbe for a year, and I finally got a few different varieties from local nurseries, other online nurseries and AM.

Montgomery was small when it arrived, but it was healthy and put on growth in Spring when it was planted. Now a year later, it is 3 times as big and has BEAUTIFUL reddish foliage. A bit different than my other astilbe.

It has flower buds, and I think these are going to be gorgeous. Definitely a winner if you have space.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Produced no roots

Purchased 6 different astilbes last year. When they arrived, they looked excellent. Planted them in a freshly prepared bed adjacent to the house. Stems appeared on all 18 plants within 5 days. ...Read complete review

Purchased 6 different astilbes last year. When they arrived, they looked excellent. Planted them in a freshly prepared bed adjacent to the house. Stems appeared on all 18 plants within 5 days. I was really impressed. As the summer progressed, only 1 plant grew and produced a very small panicle. By August, all plants showed necrotic leaves. Emailed American Meadows about the problem and they suggested I look for root rot. I dug up several of the plants and discovered that none of them had produced new roots from the rootstock. Emailed back about the problem, but never heard a word. Extremely disappointed.

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1.0

Produced no roots

By 

from Hays, KS

About Me Master Gardener

Pros

    Cons

    • None of the tubers produced new roots

    Best Uses

      Comments about American Meadows Astilbe japonica Montgomery:

      Purchased 6 different astilbes last year. When they arrived, they looked excellent. Planted them in a freshly prepared bed adjacent to the house. Stems appeared on all 18 plants within 5 days. I was really impressed. As the summer progressed, only 1 plant grew and produced a very small panicle. By August, all plants showed necrotic leaves. Emailed American Meadows about the problem and they suggested I look for root rot. I dug up several of the plants and discovered that none of them had produced new roots from the rootstock. Emailed back about the problem, but never heard a word. Extremely disappointed.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
       
      5.0

      I would purchase again

      By 

      from Charlotte NC

      About Me Avid Gardener

      See all my reviews

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Accurate Instructions
      • Attractive
      • Healthy

      Cons

      • Small In Size

      Best Uses

      • Outdoors

      Comments about American Meadows Astilbe japonica Montgomery:

      Planted under large maple, put on drip irrigation.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
       
      3.0

      Still Small but Healthy

      By 

      from New Jersey

      About Me Master Gardener

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Accurate Instructions
      • Attractive
      • Healthy

      Cons

      • Small In Size

      Best Uses

      • Garden

      Comments about American Meadows Astilbe japonica Montgomery:

      Using as garden border plant, It's quite small but healthy looking and hopefully will grow a lot if the weather in New Jersey will co-operate

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
       
      4.0

      Nice plant

      By 

      from Elyria, OH

      About Me Getting Started

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Attractive

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Outdoors

        Comments about American Meadows Astilbe japonica Montgomery:

        I planted a couple of these last year and only one survived over the winter. Hope it grows soon, right now it's pretty small so I'm not sure.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
         
        5.0

        Robust and Gorgeous Foliage

        By 

        from Maryland

        Pros

        • Reddish Foliage Color
        • Vigorous growth

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Shade Garden
          • Spring color

          Comments about American Meadows Astilbe japonica Montgomery:

          I planned two shade gardens and bought my plants all from American meadows for my shedside garden. The garden has montgomery astilbe, lady fern, a hybrid lobelia (which was not a good choice) and solomon's seal.

          I had been lusting after astilbe for a year, and I finally got a few different varieties from local nurseries, other online nurseries and AM.

          Montgomery was small when it arrived, but it was healthy and put on growth in Spring when it was planted. Now a year later, it is 3 times as big and has BEAUTIFUL reddish foliage. A bit different than my other astilbe.

          It has flower buds, and I think these are going to be gorgeous. Definitely a winner if you have space.

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          5.0

          Planted and sproted quickly

          By 

          from MN

          Verified Reviewer

          Comments about American Meadows Astilbe japonica Montgomery:

          I planted these with hostas in my shade garden, bare roots grew, a strong grower

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Looking toward next year

          By 

          from NJ

          Pros

          • Bright red
          • Good foliage

          Cons

          • Need a lot of moisture
          • Only one plant flowered

          Best Uses

          • Around trees
          • In shade
          • With hostas

          Comments about American Meadows Astilbe japonica Montgomery:

          Only one plant flowered this first year. I hope that next year will be better. The foliage is feathered and pretty.
          I have the plants interspersed with hosta, impatiens, and periwinkle. The sprinkler doesn't reach all my astilbes, so some have to be hand watered every other day.

           
          5.0

          Tough plant!

          By 

          from Dousman, WI

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Handles the heat well
          • Shade plant

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Mixed in with hostas

            Comments about American Meadows Astilbe japonica Montgomery:

            All 6 arrived healthy, transplanted successfully although they were planted relatively late. Grew well and bloomed a bit this first year, despite the crazy heat this summer. I'm looking forward to seeing what they do next year! The color of this year's blooms seems a little purpler than the picture on the package.

             
            1.0

            None of these grew.

            By 

            from Baxter Springs, Kansas

            Pros

              Cons

              • Planting guide poor

              Best Uses

                Comments about American Meadows Astilbe japonica Montgomery:

                Planted under trees, watered regularly. Nothing grew.

                 
                4.0

                good growth in first spring

                By 

                from Mustang, OK

                Pros

                • Doing well in shade
                • Healthy growth
                • Some blooms in first year

                Cons

                • Lost 2 of 12

                Best Uses

                  Comments about American Meadows Astilbe japonica Montgomery:

                  I ordered a dozen of these last fall on sale and planted them in November. We had a mild winter, and this spring 10 of the 12 grew. I know American Meadows was clearing inventory and the roots were probably the "runts" so did not expect 100% on sale-priced merchandise. The 10 are growing well on the north side of my house where not much else grows. I have them alternated with green/white hostas for contrast. Some are blooming; I expect them to be taller next year with more blooms. I am ordering 2 replacements.

                   
                  4.0

                  Starting to look good

                  By 

                  from Tulsa, Oklahoma

                  Pros

                  • Still in its first year

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about American Meadows Astilbe japonica Montgomery:

                      So far 2 of the 3 I got have done very well the 3rd is a little slow but doing OK

                       
                      1.0

                      Didn't show or grow

                      By 

                      from Springfield, VA

                      Comments about American Meadows Astilbe japonica Montgomery:

                      ordered several astilbe last year in time for the spring planting. One tried to grow the other two didn't do anything. I followed planting instructions correctly not sure what happened. I was disappointed. Maybe they will try to grow this spring.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      HEALTHY ROOTS

                      By 

                      from Catawba Island, OH

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Beautiful green foliage

                      Cons

                      • Perennials take time

                      Best Uses

                      • Anywhere

                      Comments about American Meadows Astilbe japonica Montgomery:

                      My healthy roots arrived and I planted them. They took off immediately. I ordered somewhere around 50 roots and only lost one. I am very pleased with the ease of shopping online and having them arrive at my door. Mine is a first year garden and I did get some blooms, but I expect the second year to be more proliferous. I highly recommend American Meadows online catalog for planning your garden!

                       
                      5.0

                      Beautiful !!!

                      By 

                      from Honeoye,N.Y.

                      Pros

                      • Great in the shade
                      • Grows fast
                      • Healthy
                      • Very beautiful blooms

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about American Meadows Astilbe japonica Montgomery:

                          I used these around my bird bath.

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                          To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

                          • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
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