Astilbe Vision in Red
Astilbe 'Vision in Red' photo courtesy of Walters Gardens

False Spirea

'Vision in Red' is an upright variety with dark green leaves, dark purple stems and petioles and striking purplish red flowers. Chinensis Astilbes are known for being easier to grow and more tolerant of sun and drier sites.

  • Height: 36 - 41 cm (14 - 16 in)
  • Spread: 36 - 41 cm (14 - 16 in)
  • Cold Hardiness: Zone 4
  • Sun or Shade: sun to partial shade
  • Bloom Time: midsummer
  • Leaf Colour: green
  • Bloom Colour: pinkish-red
  • Critter Resistance: deer and rabbits

Growing and Maintenance Tips

To grow Astilbes well pay attention to their need for water. Do not let the soil dry out because the leaves will go crispy and drop off. Rich soil in partial shade is the best situation. In sun it will be hard to keep them moist enough and, in too much shade, they will not bloom well. Leave old foliage on until the spring to protect the crowns of the plant.