Calling all "judges" for the annual DG County Fair! Vote for your favorites here!

Show your favorite Astilbe

(Zone 5a)

This is Spinell.

It was a beautiful vibrant red and was instantly my favorite. I just planted it this spring.

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Stanford, CA(Zone 9b)

That is lovely Billy.

(Zone 5a)

Thanks! I was suprised by it. I planted a lot of astilbes this spring, but only a few bloomed. I can't wait for next year!

Maine, United States(Zone 5b)

That's really pretty, billy. I really look forward to my astilbe blooming, as well, since I don't have a lot of plants that are real showy "bloomers". I planted Bridal Veil last year, and it was much prettier, fuller and longer lasting this year.



This message was edited Jul 18, 2007 9:36 AM

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Maine, United States(Zone 5b)

one other pic from the side

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(Zone 5a)

I love it! I just planted it and haven't seen it bloom yet.

Newalla, OK(Zone 7a)

hi. I'm new here and trying to learn about gardening in the shade and from the pictures...
i've come to the right place. noreaster....the garden is beautiful...is that morning sun?
how much sun (or lack of) is considered partial shade? thanks.

Maine, United States(Zone 5b)

Hi Beverly- welcome! I still consider myself a new gardener too, so one of the experts will have to answer what is considered "partial shade"- I'm still pretty confused about some of that myself. But to answer your question about the pics- those were taken at the end of the day, which is the only time this part of my garden gets lit up like that. The astilbe and the hostas and things in that bed behind it do also get a tiny bit of morning sun/dappled light. But for the majority of the day, I'd call it full shade (but from high trees- so it doesn't feel super dark)

Bettendorf, IA

I planted a lot this year and have very few blooming as well. I will try and get a picture of my favorite tomorrow though!

Newalla, OK(Zone 7a)

thanks for the nice welcome noreaster! i'm surrounded by trees...mostly tall ones, so
if you don't mind, i'd like to use your beautiful pictures as a reference of what i'd like
in one particular shady area. i absolutely love the ferns!

(Zone 5a)

Noreaster, my answer is exactly yours. Sometimes deciding on shade is more personal observation than a set amount.

Welcome Beverly, you will have all your questions answered by someone here at Dave's!! Plenty of experts around. Tall shade is great! It gives a lot more options.

This is last year's spring picture of the shaded bed. Shaded by walnut trees.

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Maine, United States(Zone 5b)

Of course I don't mind, Beverly. I love ferns, too, and they are fast growing and don't seem to require much light at all to look great. I have Japanese Painted Ferns, Maidenhair ferns, Ghost ferns, and "Lady in Red" Lady ferns in this same area and they are all thriving.

Wow, Billy, you do have a lot of things growing blooming in that shade- looks great!

(Zone 5a)

I even had delphiniums do well for a few years. I just moved them last month because they were getting smaller. I have Cardinal Flower, Balloon Flower, Blazing Star, Lythrum, Franz Shubert Phlox and Tall American Bellflower blooming at the moment.

Well, I'm out to do mulch!

(Judith) Denver, CO(Zone 5b)

Billy, do I see iris in your garden?? I've wondered if I could plant iris in my bright shade balcony location.

Forgot to ask how big the Spinell gets. I'm looking for one on the short side. I had Purple Lance a few years ago and it's just too big for a container.

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Stanford, CA(Zone 9b)

revclaus, I'm not Billy but I do know iris. Some iris will do ok in semi shade but they need about 6 hours of direct sunlight. Even at that, they tend to lean toward the light to the point where they fall over.

(Zone 5a)

The delicate pinks and blues will hold their color better with a little shade. Since the walnut trees leaf out late, mine get the spring sun they need to start blooming.

Since I just planted Spinell, I don't know how big it will actually get. My notes say 2', and that it should bloom in July or August.

Sprite is a short one at 6'' to 1', shell pink and a late bloomer.

This is last year's photo with an old digital camera. There's a lot of Schreiner Iris in there.

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(Judith) Denver, CO(Zone 5b)

Thanks, Billy. Looks like iris do all right in your dappled shade.

War, WV(Zone 6b)

I think this would have to be my favorite! LOL I need a good camera tho!

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Stanford, CA(Zone 9b)

It's a beautiful color moonbaby

(Zone 5a)

It's beautiful moonbaby! I hope one of mine will be that color.

War, WV(Zone 6b)

Thanks Doss and Billy! I've had that one 2 years! It is my favorite!

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