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Why Plant Astilbe?

Astilbe are very versatile in the garden.  I have seen mass plantings that are breathtakingly beautiful, but they are also a wonderful addition to the garden as a stand alone plant or in small groups.  The amount of sunlight they tolerate is moisture dependent.  I grow them in the shade where they are not quite so moisture dependent. They do fine in sun if there is plenty of moisture.  Astilbe chinensis can tolerate more sun than other species and is more drought tolerant.  This species also flowers a little later than other species.  Astilbe chinensis are available in a large size range.  The newer 'Mighty' Series is spectacular - very large and makes an imposing statement in the garden. Astilbe are very low maintenance.  As the flowers age, they sometimes retain their beauty and are often left in place.  If they are unattractive, remove the entire flower stalk to the ground.  The entire plant should be cut to the ground in fall or early spring.  Sometimes in a very bad drought year, the plants dry out and are unattractive.  If this happens, cut them to the ground at that time.  If moisture returns they often flush out with new growth.  If not, they bounce back in the spring. Enjoy these garden beauties!

Astilbe chinensis 'Maggie Daley'

28 inches
Astilbe chinensis ‘Mighty Red Quin’ 39 to 47 inches
Astilbe chinensis ‘Purple Rain’ 18 to 21 inches
Astilbe chinensis 'Vision in Red' 15 to 18 inches
Astilbe 'Fanal’ (x arendsii)
18 to 24 inches

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