Reliable and free flowering, Astilbe 'Bridal Veil' (Astilbe arendsii) features luminous, dense, pyramidal shaped, ivory white flower plumes which stand out in the night garden. Each plume consists of hundreds of densely packed tiny flowers, each opening in succession, providing a long season of bloom. Quite showy, they rise gracefully in early-mid summer above an attractive mound of fern-like deep green, glossy foliage. Long-lasting, the flower plumes turn a rich caramel color which provides winter interest to the garden.
- Relatively trouble-free, this Astilbe requires little maintenance, is heavy shade tolerant, attracts butterflies, but is deer and rabbit resistant! The perfect perennial for a shady border with dappled light!
- Raised by G. Arends in 1929, this lovely Arendsii Hybrid Astilbe won the Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society (1993)
- Compact and bushy, this Astilbe grows up to 28 in. tall (70 cm) and 18-24 in. wide (45-60 cm). The refined, fern-like foliage remains attractive all season long (under satisfactory growing conditions).
- Part shade to full shade lover, this Astilbe thrives in organically rich, evenly moist, well drained soils. Don't let the soil dry out! Mulch should be added to reduce water evaporation and maintain moisture.
- May be planted in full sun in areas with cool summers with adequate moisture. In hot summer areas, shade is important.
- Provides a spectacular flower show, whether planted in perennial borders, woodlands, by streams, ponds or in containers. Plant in groups for better visual effect. Excellent ground cover or edging plant for shady areas.
- Plumes make excellent fresh cuts or for drying in natural bouquets
- No deadheading is required unless you do not like the look of the faded flower stalks. If allowed to remain, the dried seedheads will provide additional interest later in the season. Should be divided about every 4 years to assure the maximum number of blooms.