Astilbe’s feathery bloom and fernlike foliage provide texture and color to any garden. Native to the far east, Astilbes are one of the easier perennials for anyone to grow. They also become prolific after the first few years and can be divided and added to other areas of your garden. What's nice about Astilbe is their ability to handle shade helping us fill in less sunny areas. Great companion plants include iris, hostas, ligularia, and ferns.