Grow Zone Recommendation: Astilbe are intended for perennial growth in USDA growing zones 4 to 8.
Sunlight Needs: Astilbe can be grown in part sun or sun, but light requirements vary variety to variety.
Watering Needs: Astilbe need consistent moisture, or leaves will curl and wilt. Do not let them dry out.
Average Size: Astilbe grow from 1 to 8 feet high and 18 to 30 inches wide, depending on the variety.
Foliage Color: The foliage of Astilbe is a lovely green or blue-green, depending on the type. Its delicate flowers range from varying shades of purple, pink, white, and red.
Must Know Plant Care Tips: Astilbe requires sufficient moisture in well-drained soil with plenty of organic matter worked in. Sun requirements vary by variety, but many types are well-accustomed to anything from nearly full sun to nearly full shade. They can be propagated by division or started from seed.
Plant Problem Solver: Astilbe is deer resistant and makes a great ground cover. It also attracts different types of birds and makes lovely cut flowers. Asilble grows well in containers and has a wonderful fragrance. If you want to leave the blooms on all winter, they’ll add interest to your garden through the colder months.
Pretty Pairings: Astilbe features tall spikes of color that are bound to grab attention in a garden. However, it also looks stunning when planted in groups among other types of flowers and plants. Plants that tend to grow well next to Astilbe include Trilliums, Impatients, Cimicifuga, and Ligularia. Japanese Iris, Siberian Iris, and Ferns are other appropriate pairings. More common pretty pairings for Astilbe include Rohododendrons, Azaleas, Hostas, and Coral Bells, which are actually a relative of Astilbe.