Astilbe produces a glorious plume of fern-like foliage. Also known as false goats beard. It does best in areas with cool, moist summers. The plumes of flowers occur in late spring to early summer. The flowers most commonly occur in pink, red, white or lavender. It can grow up to 5 feet tall and tolerates very wet soil.
Planting is best in spring or fall. Larger varieties should be planted up to 3 feet apart. Dig the hole two times as wide as the root base. With care, fill in around the plant and gently firm. Water thoroughly.
In spring, apply a layer of compost followed by mulch. This will hold moisture and reduce weed growth.