If you have limited space, no garden at all or just prefer container gardening, this kit is made for you! Container gardening makes it easy to care for your plants. As long as you have space on your porch, deck, patio or balcony for a medium-sized container, you can garden. Our decorative rattan planter (sized 12 x 12 x 16") comes with a hard-shell inner plastic growing pot, bag of medium, planting stock, gardening gloves and growing directions.
About this Variety
Perennials return and bloom year after year! Astible are very popular, rugged, versatile, shade lovers that thrive in moist conditions. They produce tall, elegant colorful flower plumes above divided fern-like green foliage in the summer and add bursts of impressive color to the garden landscape. Best yet, they are low maintenance, attract butterflies and are deer and critter resistant. They are quite diverse with hundreds of varieties available, each overachieving in providing splendid flower shows in the shade garden. Use them in groups or en mass to create a ground cover. Pick for cutting when they are half opened.
Astilbe Visions® is compact and produces red flowers on top of bronze-green leaves. Elongated, colorful plumes appear above divided fern-like green foliage in the summer and add bursts of impressive color. Best of all, they are low maintenance, attract butterflies and are deer and critter resistant.
- Beautiful, showy flower plumes all summer
- Adds color to shade gardens
- Deer & critter resistant
- Excellent for cut flowers
- Beneficial to pollinators; attracts butterflies
Partial shade to full shade
Late Spring to Summer
Grows 18-24" tall
Plant 1-2" deep
Grow as Perennial in zones 3-9. Grow as Annual elsewhere.
First, decide where the planted will be located and if you want the pot needs drainage. Proper drainage is key if you are placing the planter outside. If placing outside, remove the drainage plug(s) from the bottom. Empty about 85% of the medium bag into the pot. Firm and smooth the planting medium. Next, place the plants onto the soil, center within the space, spread out roots then add remaining medium on top. Water well, saturating the soil deeply. Continue to saturate soil for first few days then water as need. Sit back and let mother nature do her thing!
Plants in containers are above soil level and exposed to the elements which make them more prone to freeze damage during the winter than plants planted in the garden. Take extra precautions and overwinter the planter in a protected area (shed or garage) during freezing temperatures (best to provide a winter environment that is one zone hardier than your area). To overwinter: Water plants thoroughly and move borderline-hardy plants into a protected area to increase chance of survival. Because the plant is dormant, light isn't required. Check every few weeks to ensure the planting medium isn't dry. Water sparingly. Overwatering can cause the plants to come out of dormancy. Place planter back outside to restart its cycle when spring and warmer temperatures return!