Finale’ is a compact variety, which features a 4-6″ tall, bronze-green foliage mound and narrow panicles of very fluffy, pale mauve pink flowers on 15-18″ tall stems in early to mid-summer. One of the last astilbes to bloom, ‘Finale’ makes an excellent season extender to ensure that your shady garden areas are colorful for weeks during the summer. This clump forming perennial serves a great groundcover, with finely cut leaves and a flowering period can be extended by removing faded blooms.
Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soils in part shade to full shade. Prefers moist, humusy, organically rich soils. Soils must not be allowed to dry out. If regularly watered, foliage will usually remain attractive throughout the growing season. A summer compost mulch helps retain soil moisture. Chinese astilbes are generally noted, however, for having better sun and drought tolerance than other species of astilbe. Removing faded flower stalks will not prolong bloom but may improve plant appearance, particularly if a ground cover look is desired. On the other hand, many gardeners leave the flower stalks in place after bloom because of the continuing ornamental interest of the dried seed heads. Divide clumps when overcrowding occurs (every 3-4 years).