What to do if your astilbes lose colour

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Q: My astilbes didn’t show any signs of colour either in spring or summer.
The actual flower came out very brown, not pink or red as they are supposed to be. However, when I bought them they had been in bloom with beautiful colours. Please help!

Recently I answered a similar question on astilbe flower colour. It is important to remember that astilbe by nature is a water hog, so moisture must be consistent throughout the growing season. Astilbe actually works well as a waterside planting for ponds. Make sure your soil has good moisture retention capacity with lots of organic matter. Or grow your plants close to a water tap!