Archive for June 7th, 2010

I have been looking for this plant for awhile now and couldn’t find it locally. I finally went ahead and ordered a bareroot plant online and just got it planted this week in the Secret Garden. Today, I walked into Lowe’s Garden Center and found this fine specimen, already a good-sized plant. I bought it of course, and planted it in a new flower bed area behind the bench at the back side of the Secret Garden. New leaves start out as bright green and turn purple and burgundy as they age so the plant is always several colors. In the fall, the leaves are supposed to turn a vibrant orange and gold. The flowers are a light blush pink but of course, I bought it for this gorgeous foliage.

Color Flash Astilbe
Color Flash Astilbe (Astilbe x arendsii ‘Beauty of Ernst’)

color flash astilbe behind bench
Here you can see it planted behind the bench and the creek. This is a new flower
bed area and it’s sparse right now, filled with new plants.

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