Four New Fanal Astilbes Via Division - November 2023

Astilbes.  They're awesome.  Hard to keep and grow - normally.  But, I've had some luck with Fanal Astilbes in my shade garden. They were the VERY FIRST plant I put in - according to plan.   I've moved them a few times, but for the most part....just left them alone.   With four growing seasons under their belt (planted in 2020, so 2020, '21, '22 and now '23), I thought I could take a shot at Fall Dividing some of them.

I decided to pick the largest four Fanal Astilbes to dig up and divide.  Two on one end, two on the other.  Below are a few 'before' photos:

I made room for the four new Astilbes on the other side of the yard - and removed some hostas. 

Each of the four plants was dug up, split in two.  Half went to the new spot.  

The other half went back in the original hole.  Below are a few 'after' photos showing the ones that have been cut-down in size:

I ended up with four new Fanal Astilbes on the north border:

Like I've done in the past, dividing just a few plants is a hedge against killing the whole colony.

Next year, I'll divide the other eight that haven't been touched yet.

I'm posting this in November 2023, but I did this dividing and transplanting in mid-October 2023.

My 2023 Fall Planting List - so far - includes a number of new and divided plants.  

Now up to 68 new plants.  And 20 new via division.  88 total for 2023 #FallPlanting.  30 of them are groundcover plants.  Eight sedums.


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