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Aug 20, 2015 9:01 AM CST
Name: Deb
Planet Earth (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Garden Ideas: Master Level
I love astilbe when it is in bloom. Not so much when it is past prime. I've deadheaded all the bloom stalks, and keep it well watered, but it is now looking really crispy and ratty. How do you manage your astilbes when they become an eyesore? Plant something in front of them? Cut them to the ground? Looking for inspiration in the hot August garden.
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Aug 20, 2015 9:07 AM CST
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
Region: Ukraine Dahlias I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Houseplants Tomato Heads Garden Ideas: Level 1
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When they get brown, from hot weather, I try to keep up with cutting back the ugly ones. When the foliage also goes brown, I cut to the ground and hope for better weather next year. They are not in areas where I can plant anything in front of them so I just add more mulch.
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Aug 20, 2015 9:46 AM CST
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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Astilbe did not like our hot conditons too, so in my area, it is just good for late winter to early spring. I have it before in containers, thinking I can reposition it to help get more shade. After it really goes brown and ratty, I just let it dry off and cut off. Eventually, I gave up on it. Too bad, nice looking plant when conditions are cool and part sunny.

So far in my very hot and part shade garden, Caladiums are doing very well, just got to water often.
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Aug 20, 2015 9:49 AM CST
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
Region: Ukraine Dahlias I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Houseplants Tomato Heads Garden Ideas: Level 1
Plant Identifier Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Celebrating Gardening: 2015
At least if caladiums burn in the sun, we can remove a leaf or ten leaves and it will grow new ones. It's not true with astilbe. Though I love astilbe, they can get hit so hard by sun.
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Aug 20, 2015 11:35 AM CST
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
aka CindyMzone5
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
The only Astilbe that gets really brown for me is one of the Flash series. It's in way too much afternoon sun right along a path. It really should be moved to a better spot. I think the key might be to give them really deep, loose soil, plenty of mulch (I use leaves) and planted as a group - all of the leaves shade the ground, maybe keeping the roots cooler.
Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can't eat money. Cree proverb
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Aug 20, 2015 1:34 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
Region: Ukraine Dahlias I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Houseplants Tomato Heads Garden Ideas: Level 1
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Cool roots are essential. Ours are planted with lots of our own compost and I mulch heavily. Still, the constant high heat and hot sun can, and does, mean a quick end of blooms here. These Bridal Veil astilbes are in one of the several Japanese iris gardens and the roots are very well shaded but still they turn a dark ecru when the sun is too hot for a long period of time.
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Aug 20, 2015 2:08 PM CST
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
aka CindyMzone5
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
That's a great combo! The sun doesn't usually get too hot yet while the Astilbe are blooming. I do deadhead though as I'm not so fond of "ecru" flower heads. Smiling I do think the Flash series are a little more sensitive, maybe because they have smaller leaves? I have other groups of Astilbes planted in the middle of garden beds with other perennials growing in front of them - smaller hostas, "hak" grass, etc so that might be a way to camouflage any browning foliage.
Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can't eat money. Cree proverb
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Aug 20, 2015 2:53 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
Region: Ukraine Dahlias I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Houseplants Tomato Heads Garden Ideas: Level 1
Plant Identifier Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Celebrating Gardening: 2015
As the JI's finish blooming the white astilbe get ugly so it was perfect timing. Once some Rheinland got brown too fast in early June so I resorted to spray painting the heads. It really looked so nice!
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I'm sure I don't have any of the Flash series.

The Hak. grass grows so fast (too fast) and does give great shade to roots.
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Aug 20, 2015 3:38 PM CST
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
aka CindyMzone5
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
I remember your pics of painted Astilbe and still get a smile.
Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can't eat money. Cree proverb
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Aug 20, 2015 6:34 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
Region: Ukraine Dahlias I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Houseplants Tomato Heads Garden Ideas: Level 1
Plant Identifier Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Celebrating Gardening: 2015
I just might do it again with the Neon paint so they'll glow in the dark.
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Aug 21, 2015 8:08 AM CST
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
aka CindyMzone5
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
That would be so fun!
Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can't eat money. Cree proverb
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Aug 21, 2015 9:27 AM CST
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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Astilbe is growing smack up against the north side of the house.
The leaves seem to be okay there, and it does throw flower stocks there.
I have thought of scattering For-get-me-not seeds around them, but have not done so.
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Aug 21, 2015 12:10 PM CST
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
aka CindyMzone5
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
I have tried FMN in maybe too much shade and they get lanky and floppy. I think they need some morning sun at least. Could be my silt on top of clay dirt too.I have perennial FMN but the species is very thuggish - sows everywhere and hard to dig out although my variegated one is pretty well behaved.
Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can't eat money. Cree proverb
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Aug 21, 2015 12:53 PM CST
Name: Deb
Planet Earth (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Garden Ideas: Master Level
What is FMN?
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Aug 21, 2015 2:23 PM CST
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
aka CindyMzone5
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
FMN is me being too lazy to type out forget-me-nots. Smiling
Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can't eat money. Cree proverb
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Aug 21, 2015 4:06 PM CST
Name: Deb
Planet Earth (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Garden Ideas: Master Level
Thanks. I did scroll up a bit looking for a reference but rolled right past it.
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