Gretchen Platt, the wife of American Meadows' co-owner Ethan Platt (and super-mom to four kids under the age of seven), first showed me around her gardens in late September. The reason for my visit was to walk Gretchen through a garden redesign, as she felt that hers was overdue for some serious edi… Read More →
Bring color into the shade garden with beautiful Astilbe
Astilbes are excellent at creating soft, colorful displays underneath trees, in low light corners, or in shady borders. These low-maintenance perennial plants make lovely foliage, and in late spring, send up plume-like flowers in a host of rich, glowing colors. Some are even sweetly fragrant. Their deeply-cut leaves and feathery blooms also offer a great way to add texture and interest to container gardens and cut-flower arrangements.
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 →
This beautiful giant Astilbe grows up to 42 inches tall with spectacular, candelabra-like flowers in rich purple. Plant it where the soil stays somewhat moist year-round. (Astilbe chinensis) Learn More →
Rich blooms create a fountain of pink, this variety adds grace to the shady part of your yard in midsummer. Sometimes called Ostrich Plume because of its dramatic draping plumes. (Astilbe thunbergii) Learn More →
Chocolate Shogun Astilbe is a one of kind. Its unique dark purple-brown foliage creates long lasting color in any partial sun to shade garden. It produces pink spike blooms that flower in late summer and are deer resistant. Plant alongside Hostas and Coral bells for a truly stunning combination. (Astilbe) Learn More →
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’)
Astilbe arendsii ‘Erika’ presents upright, bright pink plumes formed on deep red stems. At home in shady moist soils, Erika’s foliage starts the season out red and slowly turns to green. An excellent cut flower that lasts and lasts in the vase. Deer resistant and easy to grow. (Astilbe arendsii) Learn More →
Burgundy Red brings bold, deep red color to the shade garden. The stunning blooms are striking both in the garden and cut for bouquets. Burgundy Red, like all Astilbe, is deer resistant! (Astilbe arendsii) Learn More →
A fine choice for moist shady soil, particularly when used as a groundcover, Astilbe ‘Pumila’ will light up your garden in late summer with slender, feathery plumes of reddish pink. The finely dissected, fern-like foliage of this Chinese dwarf variety is low growing and spreads rapidly via rhizomes. (Astilbe chinensis var. pumila) Learn More →
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