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Astilbe plants produce plume-like flower clusters May to July that bring a light, airy quality into your shade garden.
'Showstar' Astilbes produce red, pink, cream or white flowers on dwarf, 14 inch plants. Compact and bushy, use at front of borders, edges of pools, or in containers. Outstanding winter hardy perennial to zone 4. Grows nicely with: 'Marvelous Marble' Coral Bells.
'Astary' Astilbes are naturally dwarf, bushy plants that grow only 12 inches tall. Flowering is heavy with pink, rose, and creamy white blooms providing plenty of garden color. Perfect for containers, or the front of partly shaded borders. Plants tolerate full sun in mild climates. 'Astary' Astilbes do not require vernalization (winter chill) to flower. Winter hardy to zone 4.
Sow Astilbe seeds in cell packs or flats, press into soil but do not cover. Astilbe seed needs light to germinate. Kept at 65-70° F., germination of Astilbe seed almost always occurs within 4-5 weeks. If not, put container inside a zip-lock bag and refrigerate for 4 weeks. Remove and germinate at 65-70° F. See Starting Your Seeds for more information.
Comments: Astilbe plants prefer part sun to light shade and rich, moist soils. Can grow Astilbes in large containers. Astilbe flowers attract butterflies and make excellent cut flowers; cut stems when plumes half open. Astilbe plants are fire, rabbit, and deer resistant.