Vision in Red Astilbe (Astilbe chinensis ‘Vision in Red’)

Vision in Red Astilbe

  • Large, Dense, Purplish Red Plumes in Late Spring and Early Summer
  • Feathery Blooms Remain Showy for Weeks
  • Lacy, Bronze-Green Foliage
  • Easy Care Perennial for Partial Shade
  • Use as a Cut Flower, or in Dried Arrangements
  • Attracts Butterflies and Hummingbirds
  • Deer and Rabbit Resistant
  • Easy Care
  • Cold Hardy
  • Widely Adaptable

Looking for a showy standout in your shaded landscape? Gain bold color and season-long texture with Vision in Red Astilbe (Astilbe chinensis ‘Vision in Red’). Starting in late spring, a tall, multi-branched stem lined with many tiny, deep-red buds rises high above the dark green, fine-textured foliage clump.

You’ll watch in amazement as the many red flowers open into a glorious, red-purple plume. These magnificent, feathery plumes will be the star of your garden design for weeks!

Vision in Red offers a striking color contrast to the typical cool green tones. Rely on their ornamental impact to decorate your shaded border.

Snip the plumes for indoor cut flower arrangements. You can bundle them and hang upside down to dry for long-lasting dried arrangements, too.

Beyond the elegant flower plumes, Astilbe is widely admired for its attractive foliage. This variety features a lovely bronze overcast.

The deep, dark lacy foliage adds a ferny texture to garden beds long after the blooms have faded. Vision in Red Astilbe truly makes a substantial contribution to those shady parts of your landscape.

Rely on these long-lived, ornamental perennials as a staple in your shade garden. They will attract plenty of beautiful butterflies and hummingbirds to sip at the nectar-rich blooms.

You might hear these plants called “False Spirea”. Luckily, deer and rabbits don’t prefer the taste. It’s generally pest-free and disease-resistant.

Enjoy the brilliant color and welcome texture of Vision in Red Astilbe. They’ll put on a wonderful display for you. Add them to your landscape this season!

How to Use Vision in Red Astilbe in the Landscape

With so many Astilbe to choose from, you might be tempted to start a colorful collection! Vision in Red variety starts the flowering display early in the season. Add later-blooming colors like Delft Pink to overlap and extend the flower show.

Go big with this bold perennial. Planted a massed drift running along the length of your shady border.

You’ll create a very natural look if you avoid straight lines or even spacing. Let your planting “flow” in sinuous curves.

Vary the spacing from 15 – 24 inches apart on center. You’ll measure from the center of one to the center of the next. Move from a single plant on either end of the drift, to using 2, 3 or even 4 plants deep at the widest point.

Underplant your flowering deciduous trees with Vision in Red Astilbe. Include spring-blooming bulbs in that garden bed, as well. The luxuriant new growth will hide the yellowing foliage of the spent Daffodils, Tulips and Hyacinths.

If you want an early seasonal display, try these as a “Thriller” in large exterior containers. The frilly, fluffy flowers tower above the rest of the plants. As the blooms fade, change them out and plant in your landscape.

Perk up the look of mature evergreen trees by creating a narrow raised bed on the east or west side. Plant a staggered double row of Vision in Red Astilbe all along the bed 18 inches apart.

You’ll adore the big boost of color of this easy garden feature!

Tips for Care

Astilbe performs best in well-drained soils that stay a bit moist and have a high percentage of organic matter. Imagine a humusy forest floor as a perfect example of where these plants will thrive.

Don’t let them dry out. They are durable and can handle dappled sunlight, partial shade to full shade as long as they receive enough moisture.

Use a 3-inch layer of mulch over their root systems to keep them nice and cool. Plan to provide supplemental water on a regular basis.

When planting, include a handful or two of compost, peat moss or leaf mold. They’ll appreciate Nature Hills Root Booster beneficial soil additive, which supports the transfer of water and nutrients for the whole life of your plant.

Fertilize with a phosphorus-rich, slow-release formula for flowering plants in very early spring. Apply according to the directions.

Leave the old foliage standing over winter as protection from winter damage. These cold-hardy plants should do just fine, but why take a chance? Wait until spring to cut back the old foliage.

Create your own shaded paradise, complete with a hammock and outdoor table for your pitcher of iced tea. While away a lazy afternoon in your space, and feel your cares slip from your shoulders.

Vision in Red Astilbe (Astilbe chinensis ‘Vision in Red’) Details

Common name Vision in Red Astilbe
Botanical name Astilbe chinensis 'Vision in Red'
Plant type Perennial
Hardiness zone 3-8
Growth rate Medium
Height 18 inches
Width 18 - 24 inches
Sunlight Partial Shade
Moisture Medium
Soil condition Well Drained
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Pruning time Early Spring
Flower color Red, Purple