Favorite Perennials ~ Astilbe

I took a walk around our yard yesterday now that most of the snow is gone.  I love all the change that happens in the spring.  I take a survey of which plants are coming up in my perennial beds.  I thought this would be a great time to start my series of posts on my favorite perennials.  Today we’ll start with Astilbe.

We all seem to have that one shady spot where we’d like to have plants and flowers but just are not sure what will do well with so little sun.  Astilbe is a shade lover and prefers partial to full shade.  If you’ve got one of those shady locations, give Astilbe a try and see what beauty it adds to your landscape. 

I really like the soft, feathery appearance of the blossoms of Astilbe as well as the dense foliage.  Astilbe adds great texture to the perennial garden. 


The Astilbe is also known as the False Spirea and False Goat’s Beard.  It’s scientific name is Astilbe x arendsii.

Astilbe are shade loving plants.  They bloom in June and July.  Plants are available in pink, white, peach, red and purple.  The variety of colors fit well into any perennial bed color scheme.  Plants grow from 18 inches to 5 feet tall. There is also a dwarf variety that only grows to about 6 inches. 

You’ll get the most impact from Astilbe by planting them in groups.  Use in flowers beds, containers or as edging. 


Astilbe are easy to grow, they require a well drained soil that is moist most of the time.  Space plants 12 – 24 inches apart, they look best when planted in groups. Astilbe are heavy feeders on Nitrogen.  Plants will overwinter well but should be mulched, especially in cold climates. 


Astilbe can be started from seed or from divisions of the roots.   Division of plants is best when done in the spring or fall.  For best performance of these shade loving flowers, divide every 3 to 4 years.

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