Garden flowers

Astilbe: remarkable foliage


Astilbe is a bushy perennial, known and appreciated for its compact, highly decorative foliage. (Photo © lizakrum)

In summary, what you need to know:

Last name : Astilbe
Family : Saxifragaceae
Type : Flower, perennial

Height
: 30 to 100 cm depending on the species
Exposure : Shade, or partial shade
Ground : Heathland

Flowering : April to May

Planting astilbe

Without importance, the astilbe crashes in spring or fall but always in an acid earth like heather earth

  • Choose a location preferably in the shade, especially during the hottest hours of the day
  • The soil should be acidic, fairly cool and well-drained.
  • It is important to add heather soil
  • Astilbe likes rather rich soils and therefore ideally fertilized before planting

Multiplication by division of rhizomes in spring or fall, ideally every 3 years.

Astilbe in container and planter:

Astilbe is an ideal plant to garnish your pots, containers and planters. Present in all shades ranging from white to pink and red, it is very decorative in associations with other flowers and keeps beautiful foliage until the first frosts.

  • Make sure your pots are well drilled at the bottom
  • Possibly put a bed of gravel or clay balls at the bottom to improve drainage
  • Space each astilbe 30 to 40 cm between each plant to give them room to develop

Size and care of astilbe

Remove faded flowers as you go.

Cut back the clump at the end of winter to encourage the appearance of new leaves.

Watering the astilbe:

It is recommended to water regularly the year of planting and then when it is hot and dry because astilbe fears drought.

In pots, it is recommended to water regularly in summer to prevent the plant from drying out.

To know about astilbe

Originally from Europe and temperate Asia, Astilbe is part of the same family asheuchère.

Previously widely used to garnish our grandparents' gardens, astilbe is making a comeback thanks to the appearance of new varieties with very decorative foliage and ease of maintenance.

Flowering ranges from soft pink to deep red through white depending on the species.

Its inflorescences, elegant and light, offer different tones of white and pink, passing through purple in spring.

Cultivation is relatively easy and does not require any special maintenance.

  • It can be used in beds, borders, rock gardens or pots.
  • A lightly shaded driveway is ideal for creating an astilbes border

Smart tip about astilbe

Its hardiness makes it insensitive to diseases, so it does not require any treatment.

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