May 28, 2010
Now You See 'Em, Now You Don't
We lived in Virginia for eight years and came to love the annual, massive display of Virginia bluebelles at Manassas State Park. They carpeted acres of that park for a few weeks each March, then disappeared as if by magic. When we returned to Medfield, we decided - against the advice of nurseries - to try some two clusters in one of our shade gardens.
By mid-June, the astilbe will be in flower and the bluebelle foliage will have completely disappeared. It's a terrific use of two plants in the same space, and an opportunity to extend the color season.