Astilbe are mainstays of shade and woodland gardens. They combine well with other moisture loving plants like Brunnera, Ligularia, Lobelia and Hosta. We have several great varieties this year, as they are always a staple on the greenhouse sales floor.
Astilbe ‘Maggie Daley’ is best known for its glossy dark green lacy foliage, the profusion of narrow pink-lavender plumes are dense and fuzzy. This tough variety blooms later, mid to late summer, and will tolerate drier conditions than most.
Astilbe ‘Fanal’ is a classic, glossy deep green foliage with bright red plumes of fluffy flowers. A good ground cover in moist situations and a superb cut flower, fresh or dried. It makes a dazzling combination with yellow-green leaves.
Astilbe ‘Visions’ is a more compact plant as it shows off it’s beautiful chinensis foliage and thick, upright blooms. This is an easy care and long lived perennial for both the beginner and expert alike.
Low growing shade ground cover Astilbe ‘Pumila” spreads more quickly, has more sun tolerance and not so moisture fussy as other types of Astilbes. A great accent to the front of the border. Lovely cut leaf foliage looks great all season long. This easy to grow drought proof groundcover brings color to the late summer color with upright, fuzzy fragrant pink flower plumes lasting until early fall. Attractive looking groundcover for planting in large groupings or tucking in small shady spaces. Foliage stays attractive even when not in bloom. Only 12 inches high.
All though there are many astilbes available at garden centers this year, these are a few we love at Hook’s Greenhouse!