'Vision in Red' Chinese Astilbe Astilbe chinensis
- Sun or Shade
The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).
Deep red buds open to pinkish-red flowers on full plumes. Flowers are held on red stems above the bronze-green foliage and blooms in midsummer.Attracts:BeesResists:DeerRabbits
CharacteristicsPlant Type:PerennialHeight Category:MediumGarden Height:15 InchesSpacing:15 InchesSpread:15 InchesFlower Colors:PinkFlower Colors:RedFlower Shade:Red shadesFoliage Colors:GreenFoliage Shade:GreenHabit:UprightContainer Role:Thriller
Plant NeedsLight Requirement:Sun or ShadeMaintenance Category:EasyBloom Time:Mid SummerHardiness Zones:4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9bWater Category:ConsistentUses:Border PlantUses:ContainerUses:Cut FlowerUses:LandscapeUses:Mass PlantingMaintenance Notes:
Astilbes are long-lived perennials that are most comfortable when grown in rich soil and light shade to filtered sun. They will grow in full shade, but will not bloom as prolifically there. Though they are easy to grow, Astilbes have one critical requirement--lots of water. Plants must have consistently moist soil; dryness leads to a quick demise, especially in sun. Increase watering as the foliage emerges and the plumes mature. If the soil dries out, the leaves will develop brown, crispy margins and will begin to drop. Fertilize Astilbes in late spring before flowering starts. Wait to cut back the old foliage until spring; it will help protect the plant from winter damage. In the spring, if the crown has risen above soil level, gently press it back into the ground and apply some organic matter around the plant. Plants should be divided in early spring every 3-4 years to maintain vigor.'Vision in Red' Astilbe chinensis