Plant Family / Astilbes
Immensely popular, Astilbes are fabulous plants for shady, moist conditions. Admired for their graceful, colorful flower plumes rising elegantly above mounds of fern-like foliage which remains attractive all season long, they light up your shade garden for weeks and add a dazzling splash of color in the landscape.
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.
A very good garden plant with many flowers held on strong stems, Astilbe 'Diamond' or 'Diamant' (Astilbe x arendsii) features graceful, long, slender, pure white flower plumes rising elegantly above fern-like mounds of deep green foliage. Glowing in the shade, each plume consists of hundreds of densely packed tiny flowers, each opening in succession, providing a long season of bloom.
Standing out, Astilbe 'Montgomery' (Astilbe japonica) features dense, dark magenta red flower plumes borne on upright, dark red stems. Quite showy, they rise gracefully in early to midsummer above an attractive mound of fern-like deep green, glossy foliage, which emerges bronze-red in spring.