Astilbes are one of those plants that Mom has always had in her garden. In writing this post, I learned that they are actually herbs. Not sure if they’re edible but they sure make a lovely addition to any garden.
This astilbe drawing provides a clue as to how lovely these plants are. The leaves are a bit of a cross between fern fronds and strawberries. The flowers come mid-season and grow tall above the leaves. The flowers are super tiny and for the most part look like fuzz-covered stems. But, when they put on their display, it can be quite lovely.
As have all of the wonderful images I found in the 1867 American Agriculturist v. 26 magazine, it is quite large but it does fit on this page. So simply right click on it to download it and use in your own creative endeavors.
This image is copyright free and in the public domain anywhere that extends copyrights 70 years after death or at least 120 years after publication when the original illustrator is unknown.