new to astilbes - best varieties?

ILoveBelgianMalinois ToPieces(z7, Wash DC)May 21, 2004

Hi, I'm new to trying out astilbes in a morning sun, afternoon shade situation and I'm wondering if any of you have had particular success with certain types of astilbes that seem to just thrive! thanks!!!! they all look so pretty in the catalog, but which ones really work?? : )

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Lgkovalcik(z7 AL)

I've had very good success with 'Washington' (white) and 'Sprite' (soft pink). In partial shade, they've been my strongest bloomers.

    Bookmark   May 21, 2004 at 11:52PM
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sugarhill(7)

Bridal Veil has always done well for me. No upkeep to speak of - no problems.

    Bookmark   May 24, 2004 at 12:37PM
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ILoveBelgianMalinois ToPieces(z7, Wash DC)

thanks so much for your recommendations! i'm checking them out at bluestone! thanks.

    Bookmark   May 25, 2004 at 12:57AM
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zjones(z6b TN)

I'm growing Visions this year and it's great so far - very unique raspberry color.....

    Bookmark   May 25, 2004 at 3:02PM
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Sunny_Sky(Zone 4 - Desert Climate)

I've grown 'Rheinland' in just about the same conditions you describe; except mine is under the deep shade of a huge maple tree. The maple sucks up the moisture and the soil by the end of each season. The 'Rheinland' is doing wonderfully. Last fall, I divided a 3-year clump. This year even the tiniest division, about 3" tall is sending up buds. It has fluffy pink flowers.

    Bookmark   May 25, 2004 at 4:29PM
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RiverBed(z6 NJ)

Do astilbes bloom all summer long? I would love to try them too.

    Bookmark   May 27, 2004 at 1:03PM
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sugarhill(7)

They do not bloom long at all; however, the foliage is so pretty that they are still a wonderful backdrop for other plants.

    Bookmark   May 30, 2004 at 8:51PM
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nancyinmich

The color of the bloom fades, while the flower dries and adds texture. I leave my flowers there all summer, fall, and winter. There they are, just under the picture window, behind the Rudbeckia and the evergreen. They bloomed in June, and are brown, but still interesting in September.

Here is a link that might be useful: My astilbe

    Bookmark   May 31, 2004 at 9:06PM
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rcarsone(z5/NEOhio)

Do you cut back the foliage in the fall?

    Bookmark   August 6, 2004 at 11:10AM
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ginger_nh(z4 NH)

'Purple Candles' is a stand out. Blooms along with Purple coneflower for a great combination. Here is a copy-and-paste link to a photo that will convince you(if you like purple, that is!):

http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://yucca.standardout.com/pics/tyke_1066084600_311.jpg&imgrefurl=http://plantsdatabase.com/showimage/28775.html&h=1515&w=703&sz=258&tbnid=8m5nibgK4D4J:&tbnh=148&tbnw=69&start=2&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dpurple%2Bcandles%2Bastilbe%26hl%3Den%26lr%3D%26ie%3DUTF-8%26sa%3DG

    Bookmark   August 7, 2004 at 9:24AM
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