Astilbe are a favorite perennial for shaded garden beds and borders. Sturdy flower stems rise up above their bushy clumps of dark green foliage in early to mid summer, sporting showy plumes in shades of red, pink, purple and white. Astilbe make a perfect companion plant to hostas, ferns, woodland grasses and brunera. Their flowers make fun and long lasting additions to fresh cut bouquets and dried arrangements. They are deer and rabbit resistant, and supportive of bees. Astilbe thrive in part shade and average to slightly acidic soils. Their one requirement is moisture. Regular watering will produce and maintain vigorous and long lived plants. Plant in mass, along woodland borders, or as a specimen.