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Astilbes: perennials that will add colour and form to you garden border all summer long

If you’re looking for a plant that will not only add colour, but also texture and form to your garden border, then Ladybrook Nursery can definitely recommend the astilbe. Astilbes, also known as the ‘False Goats’ beard’ are hardy herbaceous perennials, cultivated by gardeners for their large, attractive fern-like foliage and dense, feathery plumes of flowers. They will grow in full sun, but are best-suited to shady gardens. They will also tolerate most soils – even clay soil – and most astilbes can cope with water-logging.   Astilbes make fine specimens for the woodland or shade garden, where they are able to thrive in moist soils. They look particularly attractive grown with other shade-loving perennials like hostas and Asiatic primulas in woodland settings.

Astilbe arendsii ‘Bridal Veil’

A white Astilbe with elegant, well-branched spikes.  ‘Bridal Veil’, is a mid-season flowering variety compact, semi-dwarf deciduous perennial with deeply-divided, deep green leaves and erect panicles of pure white flowers in summer. Plant in moist, fertile, humus-rich soil in full sun or partial shade. Divide every three to four years to maintain vigorous growth.

Type: perennial

Height: 45cm

Foliage: dark green

Flower colour: white lacy panicles

Flowering: May to June

Aspect: full to partial shade

Astilbe arendsii ‘Fanal’

Astilbe arendsii ‘Fanal’ a deciduous clump-forming erect perennial with deeply-divided, deep green leaves and feathery dark-pink, crimson flowers. ‘Fanal’ is an RHS AGM winning plant which flowers from early to mid-summer, plant in moist, fertile, humus-rich soil in full sun or partial shade. Divide every three to four years to maintain vigorous growth.

Type: perennial

Height: 60cm

Foliage: dark green serrated

Flower colour: deep red plumes

Flowering: May to June

Aspect: full sun to partial shade

Astilbe japonica ‘Deutschland’

Astilbe ‘Deutschland’ is a compact, bushy deciduous perennial. The plant will eventually reach a height of 60cm, and produces glossy green foliage and open, slightly arching sprays of white flowers in late spring or early summer. Grow in moist, fertile, humus-rich soil in full sun or grow in partial shade where soil is likely to dry out in the summer. Plants must be divided every three to four years to maintain vigour.

Type: perennial

Height: 1m

Foliage: glossy green

Flower colour: white panicles

Flowering: June to July

Aspect: full sun to partial shade

Astilbe japonica ‘Europe’

Astilbe ‘Europa’ is an upright, clump-forming deciduous perennial plant, with feathery fern-like foliage, which unfurls in spring, followed in late spring and early summer with plumes of soft pink flowers. Astilbe japonica ‘Europa’ will reach a height of 1m and a spread of 1m after 2-5 years. Plant in moist, fertile, humus-rich soil in full sun or partial shade. Divide every three to four years to maintain vigorous growth.

Type: perennial

Height: 1m

Foliage: grey-green fern-like

Flower colour: pale pink panicles

Flowering: June to July

Aspect: full sun to partial shade

Astilbe japonica ‘Rheinland’

Astilbe japonica ‘Rheinland’ is a clump-forming hardy perennial with mid-green foliage and plumes of rich pink flowers which appear in June-July. Suitable for borders and boggy garden sites. Grow in moist, humus-rich soil in full sun. Avoid planting in soils which may dry out in summer.

Type: Perennial

Height: 50cm

Foliage: dark green, bronze when young

Flower colour: clear pink panicles

Flowering: June to July

Aspect: full sun to partial shade

Astilbe arendsii ‘Weisse Gloria’

Astilbe arendsii ‘Weisse Gloria’ or ‘White Gloria’ is a tall, vigorous clump-forming deciduous perennial with finely divided, mid-green leaves and large panicles of white flowers in late summer and early autumn. Plant in moist, fertile, humus-rich or boggy soil in full sun or partial shade. Divide every three to four years and discard old, woody rhizomes to maintain vigour. Young foliage may be damaged by frost. 

Type: perennial

Height: 1m

Foliage: mid-green

Flower colour: large white panicles

Flowering: July to August

Aspect: full sun to partial shade

Astilbe chinensis var. ‘Pumila’

Astilbe chinensis var. ‘Pumila’ is a clump-forming erect deciduous RHS AGM award-winning perennial with feathery plumes of tiny, densely clustered, dark pink flowers in late summer. Plant in moist or boggy situations, as this plant is not suitable for soils that dry out. Divide every three to four years to maintain vigour.

Type: dwarf perennial

Height: 30cm

Foliage: dark green

Flower colour: mauve-pink panicles

Flowering: July to August

Aspect: full sun to partial shade

Astilbe ‘Hennie Graafland’

Astilbe ‘Hennie Graafland’, is a clump-forming upright deciduous semi-dwarf perennial, producing deeply-divided, deep green leaves and erect panicles of clear pink flowers in mid-summer. Plant in moist, fertile, humus-rich soil in full sun or partial shade. Divide every three to four years to maintain vigorous growth.

Height: 45cm

Foliage: dark green

Flower colour: pale pink panicles

Flowering: July to August

Aspect: full to partial shade

Astilbe ‘Sprite’

Astilbe ‘Sprite’ is a compact, clump-forming, RHS AGM award-winning herbaceous perennial with divided, dark green leaves and open, feathery panicles of small, pale pink flowers in summer followed by attractive seed-heads. Plant in moist, fertile, humus-rich soil in full sun or partial shade. Divide every three to four years to maintain vigour.

Type: dwarf perennial

Height: 25cm

Foliage: dark green

Flower colour: pale pink panicles

Flowering: July to August

Aspect: full sun to partial shade

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