The first astilbes I grew did not impress me. There were varieties such as Fanal and Deutschland. I felt they were poor growers (for me), their blooms were unspectacular, and the bloom time was very short. I was ready to give up on astilbes completely (and in fact, the Fanal have all disappeared from the garden - apparently they gave up on me as well) but then I planted a couple Vision. I'm actually not sure whether they are Visions in Pink or Visions in Red or simply Visions (is there such a variety?). Seems it would be easy to tell pink from red but googled photos show a huge range of color. Anyway, I have been VERY happy with these astilbes. They are more robust plants, the blooms are prettier and the blooms last much longer.
So now I want to add more astilbe. My quesion is whether all astilbe chinensis would behave similarly or if I should stay with the Visions series?
Does anyone have recommendation for sources of different chinensis or for the various Visions?
This photo is from two years ago so the plant has grown since then, but can any of you tell which Visions it is?