Astilbes are mainstays of shade and woodland gardens. They are clump-forming perennials which feature graceful, fern-like mounds of compound leaves, usually with sharply-toothed leaflets, and tiny flowers densely packed into erect to arching, plume-like flower panicles rising above the foliage on slender, upright stems. 'Deutschland' features a foliage mound of lustrous green leaves and upright panicles of pure white flowers on stems rising to 2' tall in late spring.
Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soils in part shade to full shade. Prefers moist, humusy, organically rich soils. Soils must not be allowed to dry out. If regularly watered, foliage will usually remain attractive throughout the growing season. A summer compost mulch helps retain soil moisture. Removing faded flower stalks will not prolong bloom but may improve plant appearance, particularly if a ground cover look is desired. On the other hand, many gardeners leave the flower stalks in place after bloom because of the continuing ornamental interest of the dried seed heads. Divide clumps when overcrowding occurs (every 3-4 years).
Ferns, Iris, Hosta, Lobelia, Lady's Mantle, Pulmonaria.
Shady Rock Garden
Large Ground cover
Pond or Stream Bank
May to June
Deer and rabbit resistant
Full to part shade
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