Astilbe ‘Amethyst’

Here is an example of why I love gardening so much.
Back in late Fall of 2011, I purchased three Astilbe ‘Amethyst’ plants online at a ridiculous discount. They were something like $1.99 a plant and for that price, I’ll give anything a try.
So in late October, the three little plugs (as opposed to the Three Little Pigs, hmmmm I may have a children’s book idea here) went into the dirt and I basically forgot about them.
Fast forward to Spring 2012 and I was thrilled to see that they had all survived the Winter: 
I have very little shade on my property so I cherish the opportunity to squeeze in some shade loving plants. I was super psyched to see that these puppies were good to go and I couldn’t wait to see how they would treat me in the near future.   
Within a few weeks, I was fortunate to get me some blooms and hot damn, I loved the color:

To get blooms that soon was a bonus as I had no expectations of having any until maybe the following year.

Then one day I stumbled across this view and realized how the ‘Amethyst’ blooms contrasted nicely with the blooms of Nepeta (Catmint) ‘Walker’s Low’:

That combo never crossed my mind but falls under the always growing category of “Awesome plant combinations I never intended”. Some times it is better to be lucky.

I never prune off the blooms on my Astilbes as they remain somewhat interesting from Summer into Fall and into Winter:

Let’s fast forward a bit more to say, last week. Here are those same three Astilbe ‘Amethyst’:

They have filled in beautifully and I couldn’t be more proud of my $1.99 decision. The foliage is tremendous and lush and that alone makes me a happy dude.

But wait, we have more.

There are tons of buds that have formed these past few days and soon enough, we will have a massive explosion of color:

Be sure to tune in and enjoy said explosion of color with me.

Have a great weekend!

John

6 thoughts on “Astilbe ‘Amethyst’

  1. Linda Claxson

    Wowsa, who would have thought that such a vibrant pink would look so good with the Blue!
    You got a real bargain there with those Astilbe – gotta love a bargain!

    Linda

  2. Gatsbys Gardens

    Wow, these look great! I love astilbe but with the heat we had last summer I am on hold in regard to buying any more. They just fried with the heat even with plenty of water.

    Eileen

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