Sunday, July 1, 2012

Astilbe 2012

I am a big fan of astilbe, even though mine has never really been that lovely.  I originally had it planted in the rockwall garden and it did nothing but survive...barely.  I was lucky to get two bloom shoots.
During the past couple of years, I have moved it to my Arbor gardens and it is doing much better.

This pink (Rheinland, I believe) was nearly dead when I decided to dig it up and plant it here.  I am so happy that it seems to like this spot.

I have more of this white astilbe, which I believe is the 'Deutschland' that I planted in 1990...yes 1990!  In the rockwall garden, it stayed barely alive for over 20 years.  You can see that 'Deutchland' is very happy in the Arbor garden.  It is getting bigger and better each year.  I guess it just shows that you should never give up.  Keep moving your plants until you find a place they like.  I would suggest that you not wait 20 years like I did to move it.  :)

Here is another white one planted with yellow daylilies:
This is a bit different than my other white ones. . . more feathery...I was searching to see if I could find out what it was and I came across this bridal bouquet made entirely of white astilbe. Gorgeous!

I only have one of this variety, but I can't remember what it is either.  It looks pink here, but when it opens it's more purple:
 Here it is a few days later:
update:  Eileen commented that she thought it was Chinensis 'Visions'. I just found the label and she is correct.  I planted it in 2004.
I hope all of you in the triple digit heat, get some relief soon!  It's gets hot here in the afternoon, but it's been going down to mid 60's at night. I know our heat is nothing like most of you are getting, so I can't complain.

Stay Cool!


  1. It really is all about where a plant is happiest. My problem? I plant things where they like to be but end up killing them with kindness. I have an area that is HOT, sandy, and of course we never get rain. I plant things that like HOT, sandy, and dry....then proceed to mulch them and water them because, oh, the poor things--how can they bear all that heat and dryness. LOL! There is NO help for me.
    Love your astilbe. I have yet to try them.

  2. Yours looks fantastic. Mine look crappy this year. I really don't have anywhere else to move them for more shade though. I was looking at them the other day trying to decide if I was going to keep them for next year or not. Yours say I should but then they'll probably look bad again.

    Cher Sunray Gardens

  3. Astilbe are one of my favorite, favorite!!!! Yours are stunning...never thought about an entire bouquet of the, just lovely.

  4. I like astilbe, too, but I only have the white kind- xo Diana

  5. I've had some astilbe over the years and it doesn't like my yard. I thought it liked shade more, so that also may be the issue. And I never see it around that much either. I love the white and in the bridal bouquets!

  6. Your astilbe is beautiful, I never thought white would be so beautiful.

  7. I love astilbe but I think I am going to have to stop growing it. Our climate here has become too hot fot it to thrive, blooms and then dries up.

    I think that pink,purple variety is chineses Visions. Mine is now gray from the heat.



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