Large, full trusses of dark red,white, pink or lavender plumes and green
foliage that emerges bronze in spring. Good in pots and tubs. Adds a
nice colorful landscape accent and looks great in mass plantings.
Growing Astilbe is very easy. Astilbe plants prefer partial to full
shade. They need a soft soil, mixed with lots of humus or peat. The soil
must drain well. Water the plants to keep the soil moist, preferably at
Space plants 12" to 24" apart. They look best when planted in groups.
Astilbe are heavy feeders. In addition to a rich soil, add fertilizer
high in nitrogen, on a regular basis. Mulch around plants to help keep
weeds down, and to retain soil moisture. Mulch will also help to feed
the plants as it decomposes.
These hardy plants will overwinter well. But, a layer of much is still
recommended, especially in the coldest climates.