Chocolate Shogun Astilbe

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Contrasting Foliage, Blooms Chocolate Shogun Astilbe

  • Summertime Bloomer
  • Flowers Last and Last
  • Lacy Pink Flower Plumes Held High on Reddish Stems
  • Incredibly Dark Purple Foliage
  • Cut Blooms Perform Beautifully in the Vase
  • Exceptional Cut Flower, or in Dried Arrangements
  • Butterflies Adore the Nectar
  • Supports Beneficial Pollinators
  • Durable Variety Tolerates Full Sun With Mulch and Moisture
  • Can Also Be Grown in Partial Shade
  • Cold Hardy
  • Widely Adaptable

Paint your landscape by layering in the bold tones and shapes of perennials. Their beautiful flowers set the stage for fun times with family and friends all season long.

One of the showiest selections is the Chocolate Shogun Astilbe (Astilbe thunbergii 'Chocolate Shogun' PP #26,430). Deep, bronzy purple foliage is finely dissected and adds both soft texture and intense color all season.

Starting in summer, tall spires of plume-like blooms start developing above the dramatic foliage display. Each is composed of many hundreds of tiny flowers, which support the nectar needs of local butterflies and beneficial pollinators.

The buds start off a bright pink, but open white. The high contrast between the basal clump of dark purple-brown leaves and the pristine flowers jumpstart a dynamic early summertime show.

Let the erect blooms open fully on the plant, then snip a few for long-lasting indoors cut flower arrangements. Allow them to dry for a long-lasting dried arrangement all winter, then start over afresh with next year's blooms.

This particular variety is known for its ability to withstand more sunlight than others in cooler climates with adequate moisture. In all other Zones, provide a spot in a dappled shade garden.

Sophisticated Chocolate Shogun is a great choice for both modern gardens and Cottage style designs. At once strong, and softly delicate...this Astilbe provides painterly detail that works at ground level.

You can also grow them in outdoor containers to suit the requirements of small space gardens. Try them in a pretty "Filler" to provide support for a topiary evergreen or columnar Apple tree.

This cold-hardy selection is a steadfast perennial. It will perform beautifully for you year after year with proper care.

No wonder this is such a popular plant!

Use several to create an easy masterpiece in your outdoor living. Place your order for Chocolate Shogun Astilbe from our perennial experts today.

How to Use Chocolate Shogun Astilbe in the Landscape

Tuck one or more Chocolate Shogun Astilbe at the base of a special specimen tree or shrub. Their exquisite coloration will call even more attention to your Rising Sun Flowering Dogwood or specialty Weeping evergreen tree.

The deeply pigmented foliage works well in perennial borders. Add a solid edging row to your planting, or repeat them in tiny "vignettes" along the length of the bed.

Partner them with blue-toned Hosta or Silver Heart Brunnera in a shady setting. Add them at the northern base of soaring Dallas Blues Switch Grass in a sun-soaked area with plenty of mulch and drip irrigation.

Enliven a side yard with their help. Go ahead and make a larger than life statement with a mass planting under the stretching, strappy leaves of Chicago Apache Daylilies.

Boost the visual performance of hedging shrubs and perennials by underplanting with Chocolate Shogun. Span the length of your hedge with their charming flowers and foliage.

Rather than a single row, try a curving drift for an unforgettable picture. Space them 1, 2, 3 or even 4 deep between 15 to 24 inches apart, measuring from the center of one to the center of the next.

Let your creativity come out to play. Chocolate Shogun Astilbe is sure to inspire you!

#ProPlantTips for Care

Plant them in full sun in the northern areas. Baby it with a consistent schedule of water for good results. Mulch over their roots, pulling it well away from touching the crown of the plant.

Otherwise, in areas with hot summers, provide part shade. They do need at least four hours of sunlight a day.

Rich, well-drained soil that has plenty of humus and organic material is best. When planting, add handfuls of compost to the backfill soil.

Give your plant a life-long symbiotic partner with Nature Hills Root Booster beneficial soil additive. The time-tested ingredients support the tiny feeder roots in their quest for moisture and micronutrients.

Avoid using nitrogen-rich lawn fertilizers formulas nearby. They will reduce blooms and support leaves. Rather, use a slow-release fertilizer for flowering plants according to the directions.

Decorate your landscape the way the pros do! You'll be so proud of this superb choice. Order Chocolate Shogun Astilbe today!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Chocolate Shogun Astilbe Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-8
Growing Zones 4-8
More Information
Brand Plants That Work
Botanical Name Astilbe thunbergii 'Chocolate Shogun'
Type Perennial
Mature Height 2 - 3 feet
Mature Spread 18 - 24 inches
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Pink, White
Foliage Color Purple
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Early Spring
Fragrant No