This newly designated genus contains a single species, A. tabularis (formerly known as Rodgersia tabularis), which is native to northern China. It is a curious thing with huge, bright green leaves that are round and flat and measure (on a mature plant) in excess of 24in across. The effect in the garden is dramatic, for there simply is no bolder foliage to be found among hardy perennials. Astilboides does flower, sending up creamy white, Astilbe-like plumes in July, but the leaves always steal the show. Grow with Ferns, Hostas, Astilbes, and other plants that share its preference for partial shade and evenly moist soil. Allow plenty of room for growth when planting, because a single specimen may reach 3ft tall and 3-4ft wide. This is not a plant for the Deep South or the desert Southwest.
HOW PLANTS ARE SHIPPED
The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.
WHEN WE SHIP
We ship our bulbs and plants at the right time for planting in your area, except as noted, with orders dispatched on a first-come, first-served basis by climate zone. Estimated dates for shipping are indicated in the Shipping Details box for each item. Please refer to the Shipping Details box to determine the earliest shipping time. Unless you specify otherwise, fertilizers, tools, and other non-plant items are shipped with your plants or bulbs. Please supply a street address for delivery. Kindly contact us with two weeks notice, if you'll be away at expected time of delivery.
We guarantee to ship plants that are in prime condition for growing. If your order is damaged or fails to meet your expectations, we will cheerfully replace or refund it. Please contact our Customer Service Department at 1-800-503-9624 or email us at [email protected]. Please include your order number or customer number when contacting us.
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Susan from Boston, MA
These plants are fun, interesting additions to shade gardens. The leaves on mature plants are large, soft green, and make a nice contrast to the other more usual shade plants. They have done well in Boston area with no special care. Any prolonged sunlight and the leaves will burn.
Jingjing from Pelham, NY
I bought two of these for a shaded corner of my garden. One is the doing very well and looking cute, but the other shriveled and never came up (this one was not looking very good when I received it)...
At its best in evenly moist soil. Slugs and snails may chew holes in leaves; set out shallow bowls of beer to keep the population in check, put down diatomaceous earth (available at many garden centers).