Plant of the Month – Astilbe
Our plant of the month for May is Astilbe – also known as the false goats beard (or false Spirea)!
These have a genus of 18 species are are a rhizomatous flowering plant. They are native to the mountains, ravines and woodlands of Asia and North America.
Astilbe are a versatile flowering perennial which likes shade but will tolerate full sun. The flowers are plume-like and come in colours from white to burgundy, with foliage like a fern. They are good for planting around ponds and for clay soils. If you visit Thorngrove this month, be sure to ask about them so we can show you our range of Astilbes!