Deep cherry red or magenta blooms lifted about fern-like red/bronze foliage that turns dark green when mature will delight gardeners everywhere with the deep contrast between the frothy panicles and the foliage. Adaptable to either full sun or full shade, or a happy medium in between, Montgomery Japanese Astilbe will quickly prove to be a valuable resident in your wildlife, butterfly, woodland or cottage garden. A shaded stream or pond would be a lovely place to showcase these beautiful blooms.
Native to China and Japan, and hardy in Zones 4-9, astilbe is a very forgiving perennial for your summer garden. Full sun, full shade, acidic, neutral or alkaline soil...the only thing they ask of you is that they are planted in a rich moist soil that is not allowed to dry out. Add deer and rabbit resistance and a light fragrance to the package and you have a lovely attention getter no matter where you plant it. Even after the blooms cease, the attractive fern-like foliage will remain dark green and provide a great contrast to plants that continue to bloom well into fall.
Montgomery Japanese Astilbe Care
Plant them in groups for a great show of color and texture. If planting in full sun, be sure to water frequently. If planting in full shade, realize that you will get less flowering as the sun fuels the flower production. Best case scenario, plant them in full sun with afternoon shade, such as on a woodland edge where the sun meets the shadow during the day and the shadow takes over in the afternoon. Use a well rounded fertilizer, one that has a 3-1-2 ratio would work fine, and apply at least twice a year, once in mid summer and again in the fall. Water when rainfall is inadequate. Astilbe will tolerate a wide range of soil pH so don’t fret on this one.
Deadheading is not required, but if you are not fond of the deep tan dried flower heads, go ahead and remove them. This will not cause a reblooming, however. Astilbe makes excellent cut flowers, and also work well as dried flowers, so don’t be afraid to remove them for further enjoyment. Winterize your perennials in harsh winter regions by applying a two inch layer of mulch after the frost has started your plant into dormancy. Use caution as it can also trap too much moisture, so if you are prone to late fall and early winter rains in abundance, you may want to wait until that season has passed before mulching.
Montgomery Japanese Astilbe Spacing
Space astilbe 24 inches apart from other plants to give room to grow. Maturing to 24 inches wide and tall, they will then have plenty of room to allow air circulation. If you are concerned about not being able to provide enough moisture for the astilbe to be at their best in your landscape, consider container planting, using a peat moss amended soil mix for best moisture retention. A container grown plant cannot be expected to last through the winter for re-emergence in the spring, though, so plan on growing it as an annual in this circumstance. Whatever you decide to do, wherever you decide to plant it, with care, Montgomery Japanese Astilbe will be a great choice for you this spring!
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Plant Addict Guarantee (Included On All Plant Orders)
Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.
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Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)
We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.
The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.
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Standard Colors: 2-3 business days
Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice
Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations
Time of Order:
- If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.
- We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location
Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.
It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.