The feathery plumes of Astilbes add spectacular color to your shade garden coming in shades of pink, red, burgundy, white and lavender. Finely cut foliage is often a deep green but the new growth can emerge in bronze and green. Astilbes prefer moist, shady conditions and look best when planted in groups. Tall varieties can be planted in the back of the garden. Smaller and more compact selections can be planted in borders or even in containers. Try them as a lawn alternative where shade makes it harder to grow grass.