Very floriferous, Astilbe 'Country and Western' features large, fluffy plumes of luminous, salmon pink flowers which stand out and brighten up a shady spot in the garden. Profuse, they rise gracefully in early - mid summer above an attractive mound of fern-like deep green, glossy foliage. Long-lasting, they consist of hundreds of small flowers, each opening in succession, providing a long season of blooms before they turn a rich caramel color and add 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!
- Compact and bushy, this Astilbe grows up to 18-20 in. tall (45-50 cm) and spreads 20-22 in. (50-55 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.