Plant spacing is based on the ultimate width of the plants. This figure is normally given as a range; for example, 3-5’. If you live in a cold climate and/or want plants to fill in more quickly, plan to space at the shorter end of the range. If you live in a warm climate, are on a limited budget, or are willing to wait longer for plants to touch, use the higher end of the range. Using the larger number is recommended when calculating distance from a building or structure. There’s really no such thing as "maximum spacing": if you don’t want your plants to touch, you can space them as far apart as you’d like. All plant spacing is calculated on center, or in other words, the centers of the plants are spaced one half of their eventual width apart:
Unless you are planting in a straight line, as you might for hedges or edging, space your plants in a staggered or zig-zag pattern for a more interesting and naturalistic look:
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Description‘Visions' Astilbe, commonly known as false goat's beard or false spirea, is a powerful bloomer that will fill your garden with mesmerizing fragrance and color! You're not the only one that will adore this ground cover in your garden. The raspberry-colored plumes invite butterflies, hummingbirds, and pollinators alike to linger in your garden. This shade-loving ground cover makes a carpet of elegant green foliage when not in bloom.
Visions is more tolerant of dry conditions than other Astilbe. It performs best in rich, moist soil with protection from the hot afternoon sun. Delightful in groupings planted between bold hostas (the purple blooms of 'Visions' are especially lovely with blue hostas!), colorful heuchera, spring-flowering hellebore, or as an underplanting to hydrangeas.
DetailsBotanical name:Astilbe chinensis 'Visions' Common name: False spirea, false goat's beard, Chinese astilbe, tall false buck's beard Zone: 4 - 9 Sun exposure: Full Sun (>6 hrs.) Part-sun (4-6 hours sun) to shade (< 4 hours sun) Soil type: Average Soil moisture: Moist Height x width: 14-16" x 12-15" Flower color: Raspberry-pink Foliage color: Green Season of interest: Mid-summer Bloom time: Midsummer Features: Winter interest, wet soils, rabbit resistant, low flammability, heat tolerant, ground covers, deer resistant, container plants, cold tolerant, best sellers Uses: Accent, border, container gardening, cottage gardening, edging, ground cover, massing, naturalizing, pollinator gardens, rain garden, small spaces, underplantingHow To GrowSoil: Easily grown in average, well-drained soils. Good soil drainage is essential. Plants will perform poorly and may not survive winter in hard clay soils that retain moisture. Sandy/gravelly mulches will protect plants and help to avoid the onset of rot. Light: Best in part-sun, will tolerate full shade but will not bloom as heavily. Water: Moderate moisture. Plants tolerate heat and some dry soils once established. Spacing: 1.5 - 2 ft spacing. Fertilizing: Not always necessary, but can be fertilized in the spring when new growth emerges if growth is slow or the plant exhibits nutrient deficiency. Winterizing: Where winter survival is a potential problem, plants should be moved to protected locations (e.g., southern exposures) with leaf and flower stems intact for extra protection. Maintenance & pruning: Deadhead spent flowers to promote additional bloom. Trim back in early spring, before the plant exhibits new growth. Plants rarely need dividing, but you can divide every few years to thin the bed or propagate.
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Colorful Foliage For Shade Gardens
Don't waste another season on a dull shade garden! Whether they are the classic green and unique blues, or purples and red hues, these plants will give at least three seasons of color in your garden.
They both died even though they were planted promptly and watered carefully.
We are sorry your plants died! Please email pictures of the plants to email@example.com, making sure to put your order number and name in the subject line so that we may provide the best assistance possible. Rest assured, we have a 60-day guarantee on all our plants. If you received your plants within that timeframe, we would be happy to apply your warranty once we receive the pictures. Happy Gardening!
They seem to have died off, and then shot up new stems. I'm not sure they will make it quite yet.
Hello! Thank you for your feedback. Astilbe are happiest in moist soil. Make sure that they are getting enough water. This is one of the most common problems we see. Our customer service team is always happy to assist. If you'd like to send us some photos, we'd be happy to take a look at what might be going on. You can send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy Gardening!