Fanal Astilbe

Astilbe Arendsii 'Fanal'

Family: Astilbe

Type: Perennial

Other Common Name: False Spirea

Fanal Astilbe, with its deep red blooms and lush, fern-like foliage, stands out in any garden setting. It’s an ideal plant for adding vibrant colors and rich texture to shaded areas. This perennial thrives in partial to full shade, making it a versatile choice for many garden spaces. It blooms in early to mid-summer, offering a splash of color when many other plants are not in peak bloom. The plant’s feathery flowers are not only visually striking but also attract butterflies, adding life and movement to your garden.

Needs & Preferences

Hardiness Zone: 2b-9a

Deer Resistant: Yes

Pet Friendly: Yes

Moisture Preference: Moist

Sun Needs: Partial shade to shade


Growth Rate: Medium

Average Height (feet): 2

Average Spread (feet): 1.5

Average Life Span (years): 10

Form: Upright spreading


Flower Color: Red

Bloom Season: From late spring to early summer

Foliage Color: Green

Foliage Shape: Ferny

Landscaping Your Yard With Fanal Astilbe

Introducing Fanal Astilbe to your yard can transform shaded spots into areas of stunning beauty. These plants are perfect for creating vibrant contrasts, especially when grouped together or planted in masses. Their bold red flowers stand out against the greenery, making them an excellent choice for adding depth and interest. Consider pairing Fanal Astilbe with plants that have lighter foliage or blooms for a dynamic display. The contrast in colors will create a visually appealing garden. Furthermore, these plants are relatively low maintenance, which makes them suitable for busy gardeners. They require minimal care once established, making them a hassle-free addition to any landscape.

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Suitable Garden Styles

Woodland Garden

In woodland gardens, Fanal Astilbe complements the naturalistic setting with its fern-like foliage and vibrant blooms. Its ability to thrive in shaded areas makes it an ideal choice for under tree canopies or in areas where other plants may struggle.

Cottage Garden

In a cottage garden, Fanal Astilbe contributes to the charming and informal aesthetic with its feathery plumes and bright color. It pairs well with other traditional cottage garden plants, creating a cozy, lived-in feel.

Formal Garden

For formal gardens, Fanal Astilbe adds an element of structured beauty. Its upright growth habit and striking blooms provide a visual highlight, contrasting well with the more geometric plantings typical of this style.

Fanal Astilbe Landscaping Ideas

Planting Fanal Astilbe along pathways or garden borders creates a visually appealing edge. The plants’ height and color make them ideal for drawing the eye and defining different areas of the garden. They also work well as part of a mixed perennial bed, providing height and color contrast. Fanal Astilbe can be used to create a focal point in the garden. Planting them in clusters or combining them with other shade-loving perennials can create an area of interest that draws attention and invites exploration.

Incorporating Fanal Astilbe in a rock garden can add a soft texture contrast. Their feathery blooms and fern-like leaves provide a striking contrast against the hard surfaces of rocks and boulders. This juxtaposition brings a balance of soft and hard elements to your landscape.

Utilizing these plants in waterside or bog gardens can be particularly effective. Fanal Astilbe thrives in moist soil, making it an excellent choice for areas near ponds or streams where the soil tends to be wetter.

For container gardening, Fanal Astilbe is a striking choice. Planted in pots, these plants can bring color and texture to patios, balconies, or any shaded spot. Their dramatic foliage and flowers add a touch of elegance to container arrangements.

Seasonal Interest


In spring, Fanal Astilbe begins to show new growth with bright green, fern-like foliage emerging. This early growth is fresh and vibrant, providing a lush backdrop for spring bulbs and early perennials.


Summer is when Fanal Astilbe truly shines. Its deep red plumes are in full bloom, standing tall and adding a dramatic splash of color. The plant looks especially breathtaking when backlit by the sun, with the flowers glowing in a fiery hue.


As fall approaches, Fanal Astilbe's blooms fade, but its foliage often takes on a golden hue, adding a different kind of beauty. This transition brings a warm, autumnal feel to the garden, complementing the changing colors of the season.


In winter, Fanal Astilbe retreats into dormancy. The foliage dies back, and the garden spot it occupies remains quiet. However, if left untrimmed, the dried flower stalks can provide visual interest and texture against the snow, offering a stark beauty in the winter landscape.

Planting Tips

Where to Plant

Fanal Astilbe thrives in partially shaded areas, ideally receiving morning sun and afternoon shade. Plant them in a spot that avoids the intense midday sun, which can scorch their delicate leaves.


These plants prefer moderate light conditions, with dappled sunlight being ideal. Too much sun can lead to leaf burn, while too little can reduce flowering. Striking the right balance is key for optimal growth.


Fanal Astilbe grows best in rich, moist, well-draining soil. They prefer slightly acidic to neutral pH levels. Ensuring good soil quality is vital for the health and vibrancy of the blooms.


When planting Fanal Astilbe, space them about 18 to 24 inches apart. This spacing allows each plant enough room to grow and ensures adequate air circulation, reducing the risk of disease.

When to Plant

The best time to plant Fanal Astilbe is in the spring or early fall. Planting during these cooler seasons allows the roots to establish before the extremes of summer heat or winter cold.

How to Plant

Plant Fanal Astilbe at the same depth they were in the nursery pot. Water them well after planting to settle the soil around the roots and remove any air pockets.

Plant Care Tips


Regular watering is crucial, especially in dry periods. Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged to prevent root rot.


Apply a balanced, slow-release fertilizer in early spring to support healthy growth and vibrant blooms.


Deadhead spent blooms to encourage more flowers. Cut back the foliage in late fall or early winter after it dies back.

By Season


Spring Care

In spring, clear away any winter mulch and apply a fresh layer of compost or fertilizer to encourage new growth.

Summer Care

During summer, monitor watering closely, especially in dry spells, to maintain moist soil. Mulching helps retain moisture.

Fall Care

In fall, reduce watering as the plant prepares for dormancy. After frost, trim back the foliage if desired, but leaving it can add winter interest.

Winter Care

In winter, Fanal Astilbe is dormant. Protect the plant with a layer of mulch to insulate the roots, especially in colder climates.


How Long Does Fanal Astilbe Bloom?

Fanal Astilbe typically blooms for about 3 to 4 weeks in early to mid-summer, depending on the climate and growing conditions.

Can Fanal Astilbe Grow in Full Shade?

While Fanal Astilbe prefers partial shade, it can tolerate full shade. However, the blooms may be less vibrant and prolific in deeper shade.

Is Fanal Astilbe Deer Resistant?

Yes, Fanal Astilbe is generally deer resistant. Its texture and taste are not favored by deer, making it a good choice for gardens in deer-prone areas.

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