Pink colored astilbe flowers in bloom.


Sometimes called “false spirea” or “goat’s beard,” Astilbe is a genus of 25 different species of herbaceous flowering perennials with showy rich dark foliage and fluffy plumes of flowers. Colors range from white, to pink, to red, to purple. With careful species and cultivar selection and with some planning, you can have garden beds full of beautiful plumes for the entire summer. New to astilbe? Start with our comprehensive growing guide.

When and How to Fertilize Astilbe

A horizontal image of a colorful garden border featuring astilbe plants in a variety of different shades.

Astilbe is a shade-loving perennial that explodes in colorful blooms of frothy flowers. To keep your astilbe looking their best and healthiest, you’ll need to keep them fertilized with the best stuff for the task. We take the guesswork out of the job in our guide to fertilizing astilbe and include our favorite picks.

How to Grow Astilbe in Containers

A close up horizontal image of bright pink astilbe flowers growing outdoors in a wooden planter with a fence and other perennials in the background.

Astilbe is a genus of hardy, easy-to-grow perennials that thrive in shade. With colorful, frilly flower plumes and attractive fernlike foliage, they can be planted in containers to brighten up a dreary back porch or gloomy balcony. Continue reading to learn all about growing astilbe plants in pots.

Add Color to Your Shade Garden with 15 of the Best Astilbe Varieties

A horizontal image of a number of different varieties of astilbe growing in a perennial border with pink, red, and white flowers.

Astilbes provide a range of color options for the shade garden, and they look lovely when planted in tight groups. They offer a range of sizes and bloom times, appearing any time from late spring to late summer and provide reliable interest and appeal to your landscape. Discover 15 favorite astilbe varieties in our guide.

How to Winterize Astilbe Plants: 5 Easy Steps

A close up horizontal image of astilbe flower stalks after blooming covered in snow, pictured in bright sunshine.

If the feathery, spiked blossoms of astilbe plants adorn your gardens in late summer, you need to know how to prepare them for a good winter’s sleep. While they are cold-hardy, they benefit from a little TLC to ensure that they return each spring with vigor. Learn how to winterize your astilbe plants in this guide.

How to Propagate Astilbe Flowers Through Division

Hot pink Astilbe flowers. Close up.

Do you have a backyard garden that has a great shady spot but you’re not sure what to fill it with? Meet the astilbe. Take a single plant, and with a little patience, you can propagate that parent into a family of transplants that will transform your shaded location into a colorful perennial oasis. Read more now.

How to Grow Astilbe Flowers: A Shade Gardener’s Best Friend

Purple astilbe flowers in bloom.

Looking for a nice accompaniment to hosta, fern, and heuchera? The shade garden has become my favorite corner of the yard, thanks to the patch of astilbe I’ve started. With bronze-green foliage, the real show comes when it blooms, with large plumes of creamy whites and pinks. Read more now on Gardener’s Path.