Astilbe Arendsii Fanal Ground Cover
Astilbe Fanal (Astilbe x arendsii) False Goatsbeard.
A showy perennial plant grown for its eye catching fluffy flower plumes of deep red, held on strong stems above deeply serrated dark green foliage. Astilbe Fanal is a super plant for bringing a bright burst of colour into a moist border, bog garden or bordering a pond. Astilbe Fanal is a self supporting perennial plant, the flower stems are held firmly and don’t flop in wet weather.
Astilbes like moist soil, it is important to keep them well watered until established. They grow well in sun or partial shade and they are a great plant for clay soil.
As a rough guide planting Astilbe Fanal as ground cover – 4 plants per square metre is adequate with a little patience, 6 will give better coverage and 9-12 will make a weed supressing carpet very quickly.
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How to grow Astilbe Fanal
Position: Full sun, partial shade.
Foliage: Semi evergeen Herbaceous perennial, foliage dies down in late Autumn, fresh new foliage emerges in Spring.
Soil and site: Moist soil, poorly drained, bog gardens, next to ponds.
Flowering time: May-July
Growth rate: Moderate/fast
Ultimate height and spread: up to 60cm x 50cm
Hardiness: Fully Hardy
Aftercare: Water regularly after planting and through the first season until established. Cut down to ground level in late Autumn. Astilbe like moist soil so a generous mulch in early Spring will produce more vigorous growth, especially on lighter soils.