Astilbe or false spirea is a great perennial plant for the novice gardener. It doesn't require a lot of care, and is not particularly prone to disease or bugs. In addition, if you live in an area frequented by deer, they tend to leave it alone. The one requirement is that it needs plenty of water. There are numerous varieties, ranging in size from 6 inches to 5 feet in hues of pink, white, purple and red. The blossoms appear in June and July, but the foliage remains attractive throughout the summer.
Astilbe can be planted in either the spring after the last frost, or in the fall. Choose a shady area of your garden with soil that drains well. Set the plant into the ground at the same level as its dirt enclosure. Depending on the variety, space additional plants one to two feet apart. Water thoroughly. Continue to water deeply once a week throughout the summer.