Astilbe chinensis (Chinese astilbe)
These blushing beauties in all their frothiness belong in a French impressionist painting with a girl in a pastel-coloured dress holding a parasol. Or… you can grow them in your Zone 3 shade garden, where they can reliably withstand winter temperatures of -40 degrees! During the summer, keep them shaded and moist for best flowering. They also last well as a cut flower.
Growth: clump forming, rhizomatous
Characteristics: grown for its striking plume-like flowers
Leaves: dark green leaves in groups of three, pointed, toothed, softly hairy
Flowers: pinkish flowers
Size: Height 30-54” (75-130 cm) Width 12-18” (30-45cm)
On site: 1 gal $12.00