When can I plant Astilbe in Evanston, IL

One of the best tools that we have as gardeners to help us estimate our gardening schedule is the USDA zone info. The zone info helps tell us things like average date of last frost and lowest expected temperature for our area.

You can estimate when to plant astilbe in Evanston by reviewing the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Astilbe

Frost tolerance for astilbe: Tolerant of a very small amount of frost.
When you should plant them: Up to 3 weeks before last frost.

You can plant astilbe slightly earlier in the year because they are one of those plants that can tolerate a tiny bit of cold weather.

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A good time to plant astilbe
Possibly ok, but a risky time to plant astilbe
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The earliest that you can plant astilbe in Evanston is March. However, you really should wait until April if you don't want to take any chances.

The last month that you can plant astilbe and expect a good harvest is probably August. Any later than that and your astilbe may not have a chance to grow to maturity. Starting your astilbe indoors is a great way to get them started a couple of weeks earlier.

Last Frost Date

On average the last frost is on April 15 in Evanston. We can expect an average low temperature of -15°F in the coldest months of winter.

Always keep in mind that USDA zone info for Evanston is an average and our actual date of last frost is different every year. Half of the time in Evanston it frosts late in the year after April 15 so make sure that you are ready to cover your astilbe if we have a late frost.

USDA Zone Info for Evanston

Here is the info for USDA Zone 5b.

Average Date of Last Frost (spring)April 15
Average Date of First Frost (fall)October 15
Lowest Expected Low-15°F
Highest Expected Low-10°F

This means that on a really cold year, the coldest it will get is -15°F. On most years you should be prepared to experience lows near -10°F.

Plants to Grow in Evanston

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