Botanical: Astilbe (False Spirea)
Common: Astilbe (False Spirea)
General Characteristics: It's delicate coloring and graceful flower form combine to make this premium Astilbe especially striking in the garden and in the vase. Its lacy, lavender-pink flower plumes add texture and interesting form over mid-summer, and the blooms are complimented by bronze green foliage. It grows especially well in moist, partially-shaded locations, and is especially lovely in an accent grouping at the edge of a garden pond. Also can grow in full sun as long as you keep it well watered.
Astilbes are mainstays of shade and woodland gardens. Site lacey astilbes near full foliage plants like hostas for an appealing contrast in forms. They are clump-forming perennials which feature graceful, fern-like mounds of mostly basal, 2-3 ternately compound leaves, usually with sharply-toothed leaflets, and tiny flowers densely packed into erect to arching, plume-like flower panicles rising above the foliage on slender, upright stems.