A Dutch selection with splendid raspberry-pink blooms borne thickly on sturdy, 24in. stems. Bloom is heavy in mid- to late July, after the Arendsii hybrids are finished but before pumila gets started. Like other A. chinensis
varieties, this one is tolerant (by Astilbe standards) of dry soil. 'Visions' has a bright future in American shade gardens.
Astilbes are rugged and beautiful shade lovers that throw long and colorful spikes above divided foliage in summer, a time when color in the shade garden is hard to come by. Use them in groups in the woodland border, or mass them to create a ground cover. Bloom varies by variety from mid-June to the end of August; with careful selection, the display can be sustained through most of summer. In evenly moist or wet soil, Astilbes are tough, pest-free, and handsome -- everything a good garden plant should be. The only thing they cannot endure is drought. Astilbe blooms are useful for cutting if they are picked when half open. Bareroot.