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Astilbe, are they invasive?

BATTLEBORO, NC

Thinking of putting them as border plant in front of Indian Hawthorn (see insert). Wondering if I get these started, will I be sorry? Do they seed or spread all over the place?

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(Arlene) Southold, NY(Zone 7a)

They are not invasive. They do spread as most perennials do. Lift any excess and plant elsewhere. I have hundreds, if not thousands of individual astilbes.

Keep them moist!

Hamilton, OH(Zone 6a)

I agree with Pirl! I have several and love them. I wish I had more room to grow more.

Ayrshire Scotland, United Kingdom

Hi RESORT2ME, Love the different shades of green you have there and the shapes look great too, not too sure IF the Astilbe would be the best choice for the area beside already established shrubs or tree's due to these being the dominant type of planting, they will take all the water and nutrients from the soil, Astilbe's require damp to moist conditions as they are plants that prefer waters-edge situations, but not allowed to sit with roots in the pond /water they are often grown at ornamental garden ponds edge, more so now because they have grown into beautiful different colours ranging from Cream, pink, red, lavender and yellow so there is a lovely range of colours. As pirl also indicated, these are not in the least invasive but do form a nice clump gaining in size over the years but like all perennial plants, they get lifted and split up into smaller clumps to either make more plants or reduce the space, I have never had a problem with them, if anything, I wish the soil was more moisture retentive as even with added manure and leaf-mould they don't grow to their full capacity but they do flower a bit.
Hope this helps you out with regards the choice of plant and the area you wish to plant up.

Hope it all works out well for you.
Best regards, WeeNel.

Hamilton, OH(Zone 6a)

WeeNel, I had wondered about them growing with shrubs like that. Mine do grow around my pond.
You are so good with plant and garden knowledge. I have read several of your post's and have always found you so informative and kind. You are a true gardener. I wish there were more people in the world with your manners and heart. Thank You!

Ayrshire Scotland, United Kingdom

Oh my goodness you make me blush, thank you very much for your kind words, it makes me feel good IF I'm able to offer encouragement and a little knowledge that, like all other gardeners, gain there know-how over the years.
Kindness costs nothing and I have been on the site long enough to realise that there are a few people who really do put some new members off asking questions just because they were rude in the replies or, dismissive of the fact that we all had to start out our gardening skills from asking questions.
I don't believe there is a silly question or a stupid gardener, were all the same really in as much as at the time, we didn't understand what to do or how to do it.
I hope you enjoy your new found hobby and never let anyone put you off, gardeners learn patience, serenity, and the love of the outdoor spaces we call our own garden regardless of what we grow.

Best Regards and happy gardening. WeeNel.

BATTLEBORO, NC

It's good that you are willing to give of yourself for others. Not enough folk doing that.

Be kind and love one another and the world would be a wondrous place for us all.

More gardens, less warring.

Ayrshire Scotland, United Kingdom

I second that sentiment whole heartedly RESTORE2ME.
Kindest Regards, WeeNel.

Hamilton, OH(Zone 6a)

Weenel, Your Welcome! Thank you for good advice and your kindness.

BATTLEBORO, NC

Quote from WeeNel :
Oh my goodness you make me blush, thank you very much for your kind words, it makes me feel good IF I'm able to offer encouragement and a little knowledge that, like all other gardeners, gain there know-how over the years.
Kindness costs nothing and I have been on the site long enough to realise that there are a few people who really do put some new members off asking questions just because they were rude in the replies or, dismissive of the fact that we all had to start out our gardening skills from asking questions.
I don't believe there is a silly question or a stupid gardener, were all the same really in as much as at the time, we didn't understand what to do or how to do it.
I hope you enjoy your new found hobby and never let anyone put you off, gardeners learn patience, serenity, and the love of the outdoor spaces we call our own garden regardless of what we grow.

Best Regards and happy gardening. WeeNel.



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Hamilton, OH(Zone 6a)

Resort2me, Love your story! I believe kindness comes back to you. Thank You!

Marshalltown, IA(Zone 5a)

Beautiful story!

BATTLEBORO, NC

Close to Rocky Mount, NC. . . These have lost all leaves. Hope it is due to COLD winter.
Also, Can they be trimmed now, April?

Contra Costa County, CA(Zone 9b)

Astilbe do go dormant, and lose all their top growth in the winter.
Nothing to trim, then. You can dig and divide them, though.

When they are growing I suppose you could cut off a few leaves, for example if they are growing into a walkway. You could even divide them then, but they are more sensitive to drying out when they are growing, and when the weather is warmer. Safer to divide in fall or spring, in the mild weather. So now is probably a good time.

BATTLEBORO, NC

I'm daffy, it would seem.
I went back to this originating post to investigate the dead appearance of the bushes. The post originated with regards to planting Astilbe in front of the bushes (in the inserted photo).

I have confused myself by saying the Astilbe have lost their leaves. Actually the Indian Hawthorn bushes in the inserted picture are the ones that look dead.

So, let me ask correctly... Does Indian Hawthorn lose its leaves in severe winter? Can they be trimmed back now?

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Ayrshire Scotland, United Kingdom

O.M.G. So funny ReSORT2ME, join the club, we've all made similar mistakes be you wont forget the difference's between those 2 plants again LOL.

Sit down, have a stiff drink and remove your head from between your hands, tomorroe's another day.

take care and be good.
WeeNel.

BATTLEBORO, NC

Does Indian Hawthorn lose its leaves in severe winter? Indian Hawthorn are supposed to be evergreen The winter was unusually cold. They have lost all leaves.

Those pictured now have branches that are brittle in the outer 8". I haven't tried checking further for fear of damaging the plants. I''m thinking of trimming them to be smaller bushes, in hopes they come to life, but again, I don't wish to do harm.

1) How may I determine if the bushes have died?
2) Is it good to trim the bushes while dead looking or should I wait until after they leaf out?
3) Is there something I could feed that might revive them?



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