Sunday, August 14, 2022

Astilbe

I like Astilbe, it seems to me such an unobtrusive, even shy plant growing in the shade, which seems to be hiding there, giving way to more popular, well-known flowers. And yet it is so humble - does not require special care.

 


The name Astilbe comes from the Greek words 'a' - very, 'stilbe' - shine. It is given to the plant, probably for its shiny leaves. These are perennial rhizomatous herbaceous plants. Small flowers, white, pink, lilac, red or purple, are collected in apical inflorescence - panicles of various lengths.

 

It blooms in June - August. The most spectacular Astilbe is during flowering. Their delicate inflorescence appear in July and do not lose their attractiveness for 25-35 days.

 


 

The beauty of the inflorescence depends on their density. Small flowers are collected in elongated panicles. The flower petals of some varieties are short, and the inflorescence are airy and openwork, as if covered with small buds.



In other varieties, the petals are elongated, and these inflorescence look soft, fluffy.



Astilbe can be used not only to decorate the garden. Inflorescence in full bloom are suitable for cutting, and dried flowers look great in winter bouquets.

Do you like Astilbe? Do you grow it in your garden? 

35 comments:

  1. I love astilbe, Nadezda. I buy some new almost every summer. I like the colors, and the shiny leaves. It's a perfect plant. I have many of them here in my garden.

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    1. I agree Marit, astilbe is a perfect plant especially for shadow corners.

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  2. Astilbe are both versatile and lovely, Nadezda, and do well in a northern garden. We don't have any in our garden, which is mostly native perennials, but I would be willing to add a couple of plants next year.

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    1. David, astilbe is a nice perennial plant that winter well in even in my zone 5a.

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  3. Aaah.... Ihanaa kukintaa. Jaloangervot ovat lempiperennojani.

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    1. Yes, Anemone these plants are my favorite too.

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  4. I like astilbes too but they aren't enjoying the weather at the moment

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    1. Oh, Sue I'm so sorry weather is so hot this summer in the UK. Hopefully rains start soon.

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  5. Actually I do like Astilbe but I almost never see it for sale in nurseries. These days I consider whether plants are attractive to insects. It looks as if it could be with all those tiny flower heads but I wonder if they are. There has been a sixty percent decline in insects in the UK recently and unfortunately our government is not interested in environmental friendliness. Without insects we will lose many plants. I can't say I love them biting me but I am doing all I can to provide for them now!

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    1. Jenny, I have a plant with big dark-red leaves and orange flowers on thick stems. It's Ligularia variety 'Othello'. Insects are very fond of it, from morning to evening many of them are on the flowers. I recommend it you.

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  6. Hallo Nadezda,
    wunderschön sind deine Astilben. Und so eine Farbenvielfalt!
    In meinem Garten wuchsen vor Jahren sehr viele Astilben unter den Bäumen im Schatten. Ich habe sie geliebt. Leider wurde der Garten immer trockener und alle Astilben sind nach und nach verschwunden. Inzwischen wachsen bei mir fast nur trockenresistente Stauden.

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    1. I'm very sorry that drought is so long in your place. And yes, astilbe need wet soil and shadow part of a day. You're right Anette, climate changes and your garden is getting dry.

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  7. Your Astilbe is beautiful, Nadezda, enjoy it!
    Have a good week!
    Hugs!

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  8. I love this plant, it is beautiful and glamorous.
    Your photos are amazing.
    Hugs and greetings, Nadezda.

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    1. So do I, Lucja. Astilbe grows well in shadow places of a garden.

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  9. I love Astilbe and have several varieties in my garden that bloom at different times. I really enjoyed the information about them in your post and never knew what the name meant, which is fitting. Also, your photos are gorgeous!

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    1. Glad you liked my post and photos. Thank you for stopping by.

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  10. Your Astilbe are so beautiful Nadezda and I really enjoyed your post telling the meaning of their name and interesting facts about them. I too have many varieties throughout my garden and love every one!

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    1. I've seen astilbe in your garden Lee. They go well to your plants and garden looks beautifully.

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  11. Hi Nadezda,
    How beautiful your Astilbe are, they have fantastic and showy Inflorescence.
    Higs and all the best

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    1. Yes they are, Maria. Astilbe is an elegant plant. Happy weekend.

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  12. Boa tarde Nadezda. Desejo uma ótima tarde de quarta-feira. Obrigado pela visita e carinho.

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  13. Me gusta Nadezda.Es una planta preciosa. Intentaré ver si por aquí se da y plantarla en el huerto.
    Buen jueves.
    Un abrazo.

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    1. Estoy de acuerdo Laura. Tu huerto quedará hermoso con astilve. Un abrazo.

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  14. He estado varias veces a punto de comprarlos, pero sigo sin ellos. Espero tenerlos pronto en mi jardín. Un abrazo.

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    1. Y yo espero tambien, Teresa :-) Es una planta bonita.

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  15. Lovely photos, Nadezda! I don't have any Astilbes but perhaps I should plant some. They are really pretty.
    Have a happy new week!

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    1. Kiitos, Sara. I'm always glad to see you here.

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  16. Дорогая Надежда Семёновна, я совсем заблудилась в блогосфере...где русскоязычный текст этого поста? И на электронной почте не нашла Вашего адреса, к сожалению...

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    1. Я послала вам на почту, Ирина.

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  17. Querida Nadezda me encantan los Astilbes y tengo tres en mi jardín, preciosas fotos. Un abrazo enorme

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