Many gardeners work long hours in the spring months, feverishly planting a variety of bulbs, wildflowers, and perennials for spectacular summer color. But packing all of your planting into several weeks per year isn’t always the most relaxing — or beneficial to your landscape. Succession plantin… Read More →
Bring color into the shade garden with beautiful Astilbe
Astilbes are one of the top shade perennials for a colorful display under trees or in shady spots in the border. These neat perennial plants make lovely foliage, and in late spring, send up plume-like flowers in a host of rich glowing colors. Perennial astilbes come in various heights, so plant several levels for a multicolor perennial display.
Along with hostas, astilbes create permanent beds around trees, in front of shaded foundation plants, or in any other moist, shaded spots. As a bonus, they also add elegant plumes of color in any cutflower arrangement. Enjoy!
Deutschland’s pure white plumes illuminate the shade garden. This favorite Astilbe gets its name from Germany, where it was hybridized. Try pairing with any fern for a gorgeous, contrasting look. (Astilbe japonica) Learn More →
Looking to add bold, bright color to a shady spot in your garden? Our Astilbe Mix provides a variety of color to your mid-summer garden with unique, spiky flower plumes that don’t require staking. Also known as False Spirea, our Astilbe Mix is deer resistant and amazingly easy to grow. Make sure to plant extra, as these blooms make for gorgeous summer bouquets and last all year long if dried. Astilbe makes a bold statement on their own or pair well with other shade-loving perennials, such as Hostas and Columbines. Learn More →
More drought tolerant than other Astilbes, chinensis Visions performs superbly in dry spots. While this deep magenta-pink beauty turns heads by looks alone, you'll likely find yourself drawn to its ability to thrive in the mid-summer garden. (Astilbe chinensis) Learn More →
Think pink! This bright-pink Astilbe variety adds bold color and texture to the early summer garden and is also sweetly fragrant, making Rheinland a must-have for any shade garden! (Astilbe japonica) Learn More →
The light pink panicles of ‘Europa’ astilbe are an elegant touch in any shady garden. Softly held above fern-like foliage in early summer, the blossoms of this moisture-loving perennial will dry in place for four-season interest. Great for edge-of-stream or pond gardens. Clump forming. (Astilbe japonica ‘Europa’)
For lavender-pink blooms in shady gardens, ‘Maggie Daley’ astilbe is at the top of the list. Slightly more tolerant of dry soils than other astilbes, it’s still at its best in a moist location. Mid-summer blooms are held in dense panicles and will dry in place for fall interest. Pinnate, deep green foliage. Clump forming. (Astilbe chinensis ‘Maggie Daley’)
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