My coworker Gina sent me an e-mail: “Look at all these different colors of astilbe!” And she included a link to American Meadows, which—it is true—has lots of different colors of astilbe. And quite a little sale going on right now with half-off perennials until tomorrow and, for a limited time, $4.95 shipping on any order.
So we went in together and bought four flame-red Astilbe japonica “Montgomery,” two for Gina and two for me. Bargain.
And lucky me to have a coworker who is similarly smitten with plants.