Astilbe x rosea 'Peach blossom'
Astilbe are fantastic plants for damp, partial shade yet they seem to have fallen out of favour in recent years. Perhaps some of the colourful new hybrids have a little too much bling - more in common with municipal bedding displays than tasteful borders.
Peach Blossom is the antithesis, a restrained classic and one of the oldest hybrids. Introduced in 1903 by master hybridiser Georg Arends, the flowerheads are larger than average in a subtle shade of peachy-pink whilst the foliage is muted and delicately lacy.
Astilbe are easy to grow as long as the soil is rich and doesn't dry out. They cannot tolerate drought but nor can they survive waterlogged soils. They can be divided every 2-3 years to increase numbers.
Photo: Blackstem Plants
Moist, wet, humus rich
Partial shade, shade