Feathery Astilbes

Astilbe brings a graceful, feathering note to moist, shady landscapes. In cooler climates in the northern third or so of the country, it can tolerate full sun provided it has a constant supply of moisture. In drier sites, however, the leaves will scorch in full sun.

Feathery plumes of white, pink, lavender, or red flowers rise above the finely divided foliage from early to late summer depending on the variety. It will spread slowly over time where well-situated. Most commercially available types are complex hybrids.

http://www.bhg.com/gardening/p...y/perennial/astilbe/

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Pluck this little flower and take it, delay not! I fear lest it
droop and drop into the dust.

I may not find a place in thy garland, but honour it with a touch of
pain from thy hand and pluck it. I fear lest the day end before I am
aware, and the time of offering go by.

Though its colour be not deep and its smell be faint, use this flower
in thy service and pluck it while there is time.


Rabindranath Tagore

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They do very well in a shady part of the garden.

The garden of
Love
is green without
limit
and yields many
fruits
other than sorrow
and joy.
Love is beyond either
condition:
without spring,
without autumn,
it is always fresh.


-- Jelaluddin Rumi

Enjoy the feathery, misty looking Astilbes.

The artist is the confidant of nature, flowers carry on dialogues with him through the graceful bending of their stems and the harmoniously tinted nuances of their blossoms. Every flower has a cordial word which nature directs towards him.

~Auguste Rodin

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Thank you for this interesting post, Inda.
I see Astilbe growing in many gardens at the moment.
They are also found in abundance in Asia.

Astilbe native to eastern Asia and North America. They are often grown in gardens for their erect, featherlike flower spikes of white, yellow, pink, magenta, or purple, which rise above clumps of fernlike leaves from mid- to late summer.

The temple bell stops but I still hear the sound coming out of the flowers. ~Basho

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Thank you for your kind replies and additional images.
Astilbe comes in a variety of colours and sizes.
There is a lot of information here:

http://youngamericangrowers.com/astilbe-history

: George Arends, a noted botanist and nurseryman from Ronsdorf, Germany, is responsible for introducing the majority of the Astilbe cultivars, many of which bear his name. Most of the species and varieties Arends bred were from Asia - China, Korea and Japan. Interestingly, Arends seemed to have passed over the only American representative, A. biternata.

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