Growing conditions

Astilbes in the wild are native of wet meadows and streamsides, so take naturally to bog gardens and areas with an adequate supply of moisture. However, they are quite suitable for any beds or borders provided they are mulched, or water is provided in dry spells.A well manured area is beneficial to them and they will produce a vigorous plant in these conditions. We have found that it is best to plant them shallow rather than bury the crowns in the ground and also to lift them after three or four years and divide them, otherwise they lose their vigour.

The forms of Astilbe simpliciafolia and chinensis appear to withstand drier soil conditions better than the taller hybrids.These simplicifolia and chinensis forms are dwarf growing [18 to 30 inches], so are ideal for the front of borders or for rockeries.Another group, the crispa hybrids are even more dwarf and have bronzed, cut foliage.  

The following Astilbes will give a good range of colour, height and form and last over a long period:

  • Name                                      Colour                         Height
  • Bridal Veil                                 White                           3 ft
  • Deutschland                            White                           2 ft
  • Fire                                            Coral Red                    3 ft
  • Ceres                                         Salmon-Rose              3 ft
  • Sprite                                         Pink                             2 ft
  • Amethyst                                   Lilac-Rose                   3 ft
  • Bressingham Beauty               Pink                             3 ft
  • Fanal                                          Crimson                       2 ft
  • Gloria Purpurea                       Purple                          2-3 ft
  • Chinensis Pumila                     Rose-Mauve               1 ft
  • Chinensis Finale                       Pink                             2 ft
  • Dusseldorf                                Glowing Red               2 ft