Plant of the Week: Astilbe, Japanese astilbe, false spirea – Entertainment & Life – The Columbus Dispatch


Light: Partial sun to partial shade

Height: 24 to 30 inches

Spread: 18 to 24 inches

USDA Hardiness Zones: 4 to 9

Origin: Asia

A tried and beautiful perennial for the semi-shade garden is astilbe, and the Deutschland Astilbe (Astilbe japonica ‘Deutschland’) is a central Ohio winner.

Deutschland astilbe has glossy dark-green, fernlike foliage that grows on slightly arching stems.

The plant begins to bloom in late spring and continues to bloom until early summer.

Held above the foliage, the white flowers are upright, creating dense, attractive plumes. The white flowers are highly visible in shady gardens as well as at dusk and nighttime.

The flowers fade to a medium tan/brown, which can be left for garden interest or removed.

This astilbe is bee-friendly as well as deer and rabbit resistant.

Grow Deutschland astilbe in a partially sunny or partially shaded garden border, in a container garden or in a mass for a large display.

See the flowers of Deutschland astilbe in the gardens surrounding the Wells Barn and the Brides Garden at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.


— Barbara Arnold

Franklin Park Conservatory


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