The fern-like foliage and soft plumes of the Astilbe will add a completely different texture to your landscape, particularly in the shadier areas. These attractive plants vary in size from a tiny 15cm (6in) to 1m (40in) tall, and their blooms can reach 60cm or 2ft on larger varieties. Each Astilbe bloom is made up of multiple flower spikes covered in tiny flowers radiating from stiff stems, giving it a feathery look. The variety of sizes and colours of these shade loving Astilbes gives you many options: Use small ones as ground covers, tall ones as hedges, or group them together as a feature. Astilbe needs moist soil with good drainage, and a home out of the direct sun. They make good cut flowers.