Astilbe chinensis 'Visions in White' (Saxifragaceae)
White Chinese Astilbe
Astilbes are traditional favorites for moist woodland gardens, prized for their fern-like foliage and showy summer plumes. Of all the many Astilbe hybrids available, Astilbe chinensis and its cultivars are the best choice for Southeastern gardens due to their greater tolerance for heat and periodic drought. 'Visions in White' is an especially handsome cultivar, with deeply cut leaves, and fat spikes of white bloom in early summer. A slowly spreading, lush, lovely groundcover for average-to-damp shade, with compact mounds of fine, deep-green foliage, similar to Goatsbeard. Deer-resistance is an added bonus.
Bloom period: late-summer
Container size: Qt.