I love, love, love how the downy plumes of astilbe brighten up the borders at Connecticut Country House. Rising above their beautiful fern-like foliage, their feather duster blooms are just so dramatic. They make me smile.

Gorgeous in the garden, yes, but these plants can also pull double duty. As a cut flower, astilbe adds both color and texture to any summer bouquet. Their stiff stems are forgiving to work with, and the blooms are long lasting. Even after the plants have finished their show, and are past bloom, you’re still blessed with all that beautiful greenery to use as filler throughout the season.

Happy gardening! Love, Nora


  • Lovely. I think it’s so interesting that what is blooming in your Connecticut garden is also blooming here in my North Carolina mountain landscape. We’re at nearly 4000 feet in elevation and that’s what makes us nearly comparable.

  • Gorgeous Nora! And Happy 4th!
    By the way love the Summer issue!
    Love your bedding! Keep going back to look at it.

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