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Astilbe (False Spiraea)
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Including Astilbe chinensis, Astilbe chinensis var Taquetii, and Astilbe crispa

Astilbe

False Spiraea

Where would gardening be without Astilbes? A showy group of herbaceous perennials, full and fluffy spires of spectacular feathery plumes rise above finely cut foliage of green and bronze. A natural for bold, vertical statements, its hardiness belies its delicate form. All prefer to lounge in cool, moisture-retentive soil, with partial to full shade (inland). One of the best perennials for woodland plantings, they’re also lovely cut flowers.

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Astilbe chinensis ‘Finale’  full sun  partial shade

Like a grand finale of summer, soft pink, long blooming flower spikes at least a foot tall start heading skyward in late summer and keep going until autumn. Their upright appearance makes for a perfect blend with Molinia, Stachys ‘Primrose Heron’ and Geranium ‘Orion’.

Blooms August–September.

Size: 3' high x 2' wide; hardy to zone 4.

Astilbe chinensis ‘Finale’ (P-0507)
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Astilbe chinensis ‘Pumila’  full sun  partial shade

It’s a happy chance that this exquisite low growing Astilbe makes a dense, weed-proof ground cover with its glossy, deep green leaves. We plant it under the dappled light of large Hydrangeas, and by midsummer ‘Pumila’s rosy mauve flowers put on a colorful display.

Blooms mid-July–September.

Size: 12" high x 12" wide; hardy to zone 4.

Astilbe chinensis ‘Pumila’ (P-0031)
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Astilbe chinensis var. taquetii ‘Purpurlanze’  full sun  partial shade

Favored for its spectacular upright architecture, 'Purpurlanze' sprouts handsome ternately lobed dark green foliage crowned by straight lance-shaped purple spires, whose soft tightset appearance begs a caress. Blooming later than most Astilbes, plus tackling more sun and drier conditions, this showy cultivar’s statuesque accents span nearly 3 seasons. Relish it in woodland fringes with companions like Persicaria ‘Fat Domino’, Sedum ‘Red Cauli’ and tawny-plumed grasses.

Blooms August–September.

Size: 3'–4' high x 18"–2' wide; hardy to zone 4.

Astilbe chinensis var. taquetii ‘Purpurlanze’ (P-1830)
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Astilbe chinensis var Taquetii var. Taquetii ‘Superba’  full sun  partial shade

This vigorous perennial is indeed superb with urbane jagged-edged foliage, narrow dense spikes of vibrant lavender pink blooms and a rugged stately constitution that handles more heat and drought than other Astilbes. Distinctive cut leaves emerge a mahogany red and later turn deep green beneath strong, straight-backed tall flowering stalks. One of the latest of the genus to open, the stunning blossoms precede rich chocolate brown dried seed heads, forging a statuesque presence in the winter garden.

Blooms August–September.

Size: 3'–4' high x 18"–2' wide; hardy to zone 4.

Astilbe chinensis var Taquetii var. Taquetii ‘Superba’ (P-1748)
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Astilbe x crispa ‘Perkeo’  full sun  partial shade

Lustrous, heavily divided crinkly foliage that sculpts an impeccable small-sized mound sets this AGM winner apart from other Astilbes. Grounded by compact, low growing dark green leaves and reddish hennasuffused young growth, short stiff upright stems unfurl attractive pyramidal spires of miniature deep rosy pink flowers. Enduring drier soil in shady spots and nearly full sun in cool summer regions, ‘Perkeo’ can enrich the front lines of a border, a shady rock garden or patio container.

Blooms July–August.

Size: 10" high x 10" wide; hardy to zone 4.

Astilbe x crispa ‘Perkeo’ (P-1793)
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Astilbe ‘Ellie’  full sun  partial shade
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A preeminent white flowering variety, this japonica hybrid promises to soothe your senses with its large, snowy white plumes. Sharply toothed leaves gather in a lustrous dark green foil for the branching pyramidal-shaped spires whose bright lacy blooms fade to green as they wane. Like a breathe of fresh air ushering in summer, ‘Ellie’s incandescent beauty can be shown off en masse, escorting Heuchera ‘Cinnabar’s frosted foliage.

Blooms May – June.

Size: 2' high x 18" wide. Zone 3/4.


Astilbe ‘Ellie’ (P-1436)
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Astilbe ‘Flamingo’  full sun  partial shade
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Flamingo pink and proud of it, long arching, plump floral fingers extend out, gracefully cascading from the slightly fragrant, well branched upright panicles. These tapered, broad, airy towers give a long ladylike showing, while a handsome dark green clump of glistening, jagged-edged leaflets does the footwork. An esteemed Astilbe arendsii descendant, ‘Flamingo’ never needs staking, easily melds mauves and blues, and holds our interest into winter when its bushy blooms impart rich brown tones.

Zone 3/4 (pp#12664).

Blooms July – August

Size: 2-1/2' high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 4.

Astilbe ‘Flamingo’ (P-1437)
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Astilbe ‘Ostrich Plume’  full sun  partial shade
Astilbe  Ostrich Plume

Large, open-branched fluffy plumes of petite rich coral pink flowers make a stylish weeping gesture above lush dark greenery, earning this heavy blooming thunbergii hybrid a coveted AGM and celebrated status as one of the most graceful Astilbes. Cultivated since 1952, ‘Ostrich Plume’s delicate looking blooms and vigorous fern-like mounds, which feature sharply toothed compound leaves and bronze-tinged new growth convey dreamy Impressionistic accents, especially when surrounded with Astrantia ‘White Giant’.

Blooms May–June.

Size: 3' high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 4.


Astilbe ‘Ostrich Plume’ (P-0033)
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Astilbe x ‘Snowdrift’  full sun  partial shade  new plant

Living up to its name, this dazzling Alan Bloom arendsii selection spotlights feathered pristine white flowers and gleaming medium green compound leaves. The majestic, broad triangular spires top slender upright stems above tailored deeply hewn toothed leaves, imparting a classic combination of green and pearly white. Easily grown ‘Snowdrift’ can be utilized as an edging plant along paths and ponds or be massed as a spectacular ground cover.

Blooms May–June

Size: 2' high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 4.

Astilbe x ‘Snowdrift’ (P-1915)
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In the last ten days, we’ve experienced all kinds of weather at Digging Dog, including frosty mornings, torrential downpours, deafening hail, glorious sunny 70 º afternoons and even sleet! Thankfully spring is almost here and signs of its arrival grow more evident every day. Brimming with possibility, youthful growth and pristine delicacy, the early spring garden is a fresh treasure trove of color and texture. The plants featured in this newsletter caught my eye while walking through the nursery and along the surrounding borders. Hopefully, a handful of them will spark your interest as well! All of us here at the nursery wish you a very happy spring and countless happy afternoons digging in a garden!

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