The Astonishing Astilbe Fanal Plant: A Beautiful Addition to Your Garden

Astilbe x arendsii ‘Fanal’, commonly known as Fanal Astilbe or False Spirea, is a remarkable perennial that will undoubtedly elevate the aesthetics of any garden. With its stunning deep red blooms that grace the landscape from July to early summer, this plant is an absolute showstopper. Standing at 22 inches tall and spreading up to 24 inches, Fanal Astilbe is a versatile plant that thrives in both part sun and full shade. Its hardiness zone is 3a, making it suitable for various climates.

Ornamental Features: A Ruby-Red Marvel

When planted in groupings, Fanal Astilbe displays masses of exquisite plumes of ruby-red flowers that add a touch of elegance to any garden. These beautiful flowers are perfect for cutting and can be used to create stunning floral arrangements. In addition to its vibrant blooms, the plant boasts ferny compound leaves that maintain their emerald green hue throughout the season.

Landscape Attributes: A Fine Texture That Stands Out

Fanal Astilbe is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading growth habit. What sets it apart from other garden plants is its fine texture, giving it a refined appearance. This low-maintenance plant requires minimal care, making it an excellent choice for both experienced and novice gardeners. It’s also worth noting that Fanal Astilbe attracts butterflies while remaining unappealing to deer, ensuring that it remains undisturbed in your garden.

Versatile Applications: From Mass Planting to Container Gardening

Fanal Astilbe is a versatile plant that can be used for various landscaping purposes. It is ideal for mass plantings, border edging, general garden use, and even container gardening. Its upright growth habit makes it an excellent “thriller” plant in the popular “spiller-thriller-filler” container combination. By placing Fanal Astilbe near the center of a pot and surrounding it with smaller plants that spill over the edges, you can create a visually captivating display.

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Planting & Growing Tips: Ensuring Optimal Growth

To ensure optimal growth, Fanal Astilbe thrives in partial shade to shade. It requires well-drained, evenly moist soil with a rich, acidic composition. Keep in mind that the plant may experience chlorosis (yellowing) of the foliage in alkaline soils. While it can tolerate urban pollution, it benefits from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Applying a thick layer of mulch around the root zone during the growing season helps conserve soil moisture.

To propagate Fanal Astilbe, division is recommended. However, as a cultivated variety, please be aware of any restrictions or prohibitions on propagation. This perennial plant has a lifespan of approximately 10 years, regrowing from the base each spring after dying back to the crown in winter. In outdoor containers and baskets, it’s important to water Fanal Astilbe more frequently than in the yard or garden. Remember that in colder climates, the plant may not survive the winter if left in containers outdoors.

For more information on protecting Fanal Astilbe over the winter months, feel free to contact our experts at Ames Farm Center.

With its striking beauty and versatile nature, Fanal Astilbe is the perfect choice to add a touch of sophistication to your garden. Whether you’re looking to create a stunning flower arrangement or enhance your landscape with a mass planting, this remarkable perennial will not disappoint. Embrace the beauty of Fanal Astilbe and transform your garden into a captivating oasis of color and elegance.