Plant of the Month: Astilbe

July 3, 2014

With this gorgeous weather we’ve had lately the respite of the shade is a refreshing change.

Many of us here in the pacific northwest have lots of space for shade gardening. Between the cloudy days and the huge fir, hemlock and maple trees gardening in the shade can pose challenges.

Photo from Woodinville garden tour 2012

Photo from Woodinville garden tour 2012

For bright spots of color in the shade there is one plant that we seem to go to time and time again…Astilbe!

The prime bloom season for Astilbe is in July in western Washington.  Colors range from white to pink and even a deep burgundy.  A few years back we visited the Woodinville garden tour and were inspired by the use of Astilbe.

Photo from Woodinville garden tour 2012

Photo from Woodinville garden tour 2012

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Photo from Woodinville garden tour 2012

When not in bloom the foliage texture lends a lacy, fern-like texture to your garden.  Foliage is often tipped in bronze tones adding further dimension to the garden.

Shade garden in Carnation (800x572)

Shade garden in Carnation by Sublime Garden Design

Shade garden design in Shoreline by Sublime Garden Design

Shade garden design in Shoreline by Sublime Garden Design

Astilbe are great in combination with hostas, another shade loving perennial with broad heart shaped leaves.

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Photo from Woodinville garden tour 2012

Do you have a favorite flowering plant for shady gardens? Drop us a line, we’d love to hear from you!

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