Astilbe arendsii White
Astilbe start blooming in late spring, producing spikes of showy flowers in purple atop glossy, fernlike foliage. Astilbe is a deer-resistant perennial which adds color and texture to a shady garden.
Deceptively delicate in appearance, it is a moisture- and semi-shade-loving perennial. Depending on the variety, astilbe will provide blooms from late spring to late summer. A few selections are even fall flowering. With proper moisture, the foliage remains attractive throughout its blooming period.
Astilbes are clump-forming perennials that belong to the saxifrage family and arise from a stout rootstock. The upright stems bear fern-like green foliage and feathery plumes extending above the foliage in shades of pink, red, purple or white. The flower clusters vary in size from 6 inches to 2 feet, and the plant height ranges from 6 inches to 5 feet, depending one variety. They’ll add a splash of color to perennial borders, wet sites, containers, and groundcovers.