Astilbe sprout large, plume-like flowers and are well-known for their thick, glossy foliage. Since astilbe prefer moist soil, they serve as fantastic pond-side plants.
Most Popular Colors: Pale pink, bright pink, mauve.
Blooming Season: Early to midsummer.
Soil Preferences: Astilbe prefers moisture-retentive soil, but won't thrive in soggy conditions. The plant prefers acidic soil, and may yellow if exposed to too much alkalinity.
Climate Preferences: Hardy in most temperate climates.
Sun Exposure: The plants can tolerate some sun, particularly if they're planted in a boggy region, but will burn if exposed to too much.
Landscaping Tips: If you choose to plant astilbe away from your home or another shade-providing structure, plant near taller shrubs or trees. Some varieties grow fairly tall, so consider interspersing shorter shade plants, such as ferns or low-growing hostas, to provide a thicker garden.
Planting: Plant astilbe 18 to 24 inches apart, and water in well.
No deadheading is required, but the flowers can be cut back after blooming season.
Add organic matter to the soil at least once per planting season.
Be sure to provide plenty of water, but don’t allow the ground to become soggy.