My first experience with astilbe really surprised me. I didn't do research .. I had no idea about sun and shade plants .. I just thought I might get away with most of what I tried .. oh for those days of bliss and ignorance again ? ..
I had the most remarkable white astilbes that thrived in the worst location possible .. full sun ... very dry conditions .. and yet they were absolutely beautiful .. how could this be ?
I still don't have the answer to that stunning situation that last a couple of years .. they should have curled up their toes and quit on me .. I didn't save plant tags then .. I just slammed the poor things in the ground .. gave them a drink of water and continued on my merry way.
So this is still a mystery today .. I love astilbe .. I have quite a few different cultivars and always seem to find room for one more each year .. but I am now choosy about the conditions for it .. and I think present day ones appreciate it some how !