Astilbe Pink Description
Astilbes are wonderful shade perennials known for their dark green, fernlike foliage and their long spikes of stylish flowers that resemble plumes!
These elegant hardy perennials. bloom in mid-summer and thrive in moisture retentive soil. They can be grown in full sun in cool northern regions, but are best in partial shade.
Astilbes make a wonderful cut flower and then dried for winter floral bouquets.
Add color to your shade garden with pink astilbe.
Delightful in groupings planted between bold hostas, colorful heucheras, spring flowering hellebore,or as an underplanting to hydrangeas.
Special Features: Attracts butterflies, Cold hardy, Cut flower, Deer resistant, Disease resistant, Dried flower, Foliage interest, Fragrance, Attracts hummingbirds, Moisture tolerant, Multi-season interest, Pest resistant, Rabbit resistant, Winter interest
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22-30" x 18-20"
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Accent, Border, Container gardening, Cottage gardening, Edging, Ground cover, Massing, Naturalizing, Rain garden, Under planting, Waterside, Woodland
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Soil: Does fine in average soil, though organically rich, evenly moist, well drained soil is best for optimum growth.
Light: part shade to shade -- May be planted in full sun in cool areas with adequate moisture, but shade is important in hot summer areas.
Water: Likes soil consistently moist. Can add mulch to reduce evaporation, and retain soil moisture.
Spacing: 18-24 inches
Fertilizing: Astilbe is a heavy feeder that requires lots of nutrients. Fertilize early in the spring to produce healthy flowers with a 5-10-5 fertilizer blend. Another application of fertilizer is required in the summer after the plant has come to bloom. A small handful of fertilizer sprinkled around the base of the plant, or a liquid fertilizer sprayed on the foliage in July should do.
Winterizing: No specific care needed. Foliage dies back in winter, and can be cleared away in early spring before plant sends up new shoots.
Maintenance & pruning: No dead heading is required, unless you do not like the appearance of spent blooms. If left on, they provide winter interest to the garden. Divide the roots of the plant in the spring or fall when the plant is dormant. Plant the root crowns shallow so that new shoots are covered with 1/2-inch of soil. Place the plants 12 to 24 inches apart and water until established.
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