September 19, 2017

Peachy Plumes

Cindy Kreps Photo | Astilbe x rosea 'Peach Blossom'

Cindy Kreps Photo – Meadow Ridge Perennial Farm | Astilbe x rosea ‘Peach Blossom’

The shadowy spots of a garden don’t need to be limited a thousand shades of green, not when the magnificent plumes of Astilbe cultivars abound. These shade-loving perennials are easy growers, with the only potentially hard requirement being that they like moisture. Pictured is Astilbe x rosea ‘Peach Blossom,’ which is hardy to Zone 4 and puts on a show of peach-pink flowers about the time summer arrives. As a clump-forming perennial, it benefits from division every three or four years, which means a little work and then you get another plant or two to brighten another shady nook. We’d say that’s just peachy.

Submitted by Cindy Kreps of Meadow Ridge Perennial Farm, she writes, “A beautiful Peach Blossom Astilbe! Grows to about 30″ tall and blooms late June into early July. Loves a shady moist spot like this rock garden. I love Astilbe because they are easy, carefree plants that bring wonderful color into the shade.”

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