The deep salmon-red buds of ‘Delft Lace’ open to soft apricot-pink flowers in early summer. This Astilbe has stronger stems and brighter colors than ‘Peach Blossom’, an old favorite.
The foliage is really catchy, a lacy deep blue-green with red highlights. The fall color is bronze-red.
- Salmon-red buds open to apricot pink flowers
- Attractive foliage
- Great fall color
- The most tolerant Astilbe for Missouri gardens
The flower buds are just as attractive as the bloom, and then as the flower fades, the stalks dry in place leaving textural interest for weeks to come.
The foliage adds a nice component to coarse textured plants like Hosta and Brunnera.
Featured as a “Hot Plant” in Missouri Gardener magazine, May/June 2015 issue.
Astilbes require moist, highly organic soils. Adding cotton burr compost or manure to the soil at the time of planting will greatly improve conditions.
Because of our hot Missouri summers, Astilbes grow best in medium to light shade. If moisture levels are sufficient, they will actually take quite a bit of sun.
Astilbes are deer and rabbit resistant. Wait until spring to cut them back so the dead foliage serves as a mulch during winter.