Astilbe is a genus of 18 species perennial, herbaceous flowering plants, within the family Saxifragaceae. Some species are commonly known as False Goat's Beard, and False Spirea. Astilbe species are native to Asia and North America.
They are cultivated by gardeners as hardy herbaceous perennials, for their large handsome, often fern-like foliage, and dense, feathery plumes of flowers. They require a peaty soil for their successful cultivation. Numerous hybrids have been raised. Astilbe is a tall feathery flowered plant popular as a pond side feature.
All-purpose design fits shady or sunny spaces ; Susan Carter tried to create a garden that would look good in March, figuring that would mean it would look great in June.
Jun 27, 2004; STEPHANIE BOUCHARD News Assistant Portland Press Herald (Maine) 06-27-2004 All-purpose design fits shady or sunny spaces ; Susan...