Upon closer inspection, you can see the reddish stems which give it a bit more depth:
By the end of May, you can see that the flower buds have formed and the red stems are even more prominent (sweeeet):
Two weeks later, we are in full bloom to everyone’s delight:
The blooms stick around for a good 3-4 weeks for me which typically, is the entire month of June.
A word of warning, however. These ladies need consistent water or they will “burn” pretty quickly:
High maintenance? You could say that, but since most of my plants are native and low maintenance (pats on the back are always welcomed) I can pull it off.
Even in the Fall/Winter, I let the spent flower panicles stay for ongoing interest:
Some additional “deets”, as the kids like to say:
- Typical size is 2′ x 18″ – works well planted in mass as a larger groundcover
- Survives zones 4-9
- Works in partial to full shade but I can only vouch for partial shade
- ‘Deutschland’ is a bit shorter and blooms earlier than most white astilbes
- Can be divided every 3-4 years (I have never attempted to divide an astilbe so maybe this is the year. Will let you know if it works and will lie if it doesn’t)