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Astilbe – ‘Milk and Honey’ – Chinese Astilbe – Astilbe chinensis

Garden Height
28 - 30
Spacing
18 - 20
Spread
18 - 20
Habit
Upright
Container Role
Thriller
Flower Size
Medium
Flower Colors
White
Light Level
Sun or Shade
Proven Selections

Attracts: Bees

Resists: Deer, Rabbits

Maintenance Notes
Astilbes are long-lived perennials that are most comfortable when grown in rich soil and light shade to filtered sun. They will grow in full shade, but will not bloom as prolifically there. Though they are easy to grow, Astilbes have one critical requirement--lots of water. Plants must have consistently moist soil; dryness leads to a quick demise, especially in sun. Increase watering as the foliage emerges and the plumes mature. If the soil dries out, the leaves will develop brown, crispy margins and will begin to drop. Fertilize Astilbes in late spring before flowering starts. Wait to cut back the old foliage until spring; it will help protect the plant from winter damage. In the spring, if the crown has risen above soil level, gently press it back into the ground and apply some organic matter around the plant. Plants should be divided in early spring every 3-4 years to maintain vigor.

Maintenance Category Easy

Water Category Consistent

Bloom Time

Flower Form Border Plant, Container, Cut Flower, Dried Flower, Mass Planting

Soil Fertility Fertile Soil

Soil PH Category Acidic Soil, Neutral Soil