It is hard to zone in on one, but .. I do have a favourite I wait to see this time of year .. Ostrich Plume !
This astilbe is rather unique in its form .. an arching flower head that slowly emerges from tight pink pearls to soft open flowers.
There are two classifications that pop up "thunbergii" and "straussenfeder" ... and I have to admit I am not sure which of these is what I have .. but I have a beauty !
That beautiful arch they have and the colour .. Gracie if you read this .. I am shocked about how much PINK I really do have in my garden !
It can't help but catch your eye no matter where you are in the shade garden.
Another graceful late bloomer is Flamingo ... yes also in the pink .. but a light shade and delicate looking.
My first astilbe picks when I started were Montgomery (beautiful red and gorgeous foliage no matter what the conditions) .. these are over 12 years old !
You can have astilbe that will bloom from Spring to Fall ... just do a little research and you will find how to do it .. they really are the work horses of the garden.
Now for just some pictures ... what amazes me is how they start like little pearls and bloom to such pretty frothy flowers !
Colourflash Lime starting out next to Chocolate Joe Pye weed
Large white patch contrasting with the red of Montgomery Red astilbe.
Goatsbeard is sometimes described as that to people who don't know this plant .. but really ? it does look like a giant astilbe doesn't it ?
I can't imagine my garden without astilbe and lots of them !!