Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Astilbe

            If you have a troublesome shady spot, and you’re at a loss as to what to put there, you might what to consider some Astilbe.

            It can grow in the shadier sites as well as in the sunnier locations. It can tolerate moister soils, but needs some hydro help if the spot is typically dry. Their flowering time, depending on the variety, is from late spring to early summer, in colors of pink, red, lavender, or white.

            Companion plants like Hosta ascent beautifully with them. The Astilbe has fine leaves with the feathery flower, whereas the hosta sports big bold leaves.

            Heights range from 6 inches tall to three feet, depending on the cultivar making them a versatile plant as to their placement; shorties up front with the taller ones in back of whatever you are accenting.

            They grow out from a crown, making them easy to divide every 4 to 5 years. This either puts you on the road to becoming the Astilbe House, the very generous person who hands out Astilbe crowns, or the private entrepreneur that milks his nursery stock for all they’re worth.  

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