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Chinese Fringe Flower
A fast-growing evergreen shrub that blooms boldly in spring, Chinese fringe flower delivers long-lasting interest to your landscape. Add it to a foundation planting or incorporate it in a perennial border for its evergreen foliage and shrubby texture. Visit your local garden center to see which cultivars are available in your area.
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Where to Plant Fringe Flower
Chinese fringe flower is useful throughout the landscape. Large varieties block views of neighboring landscapes or mask a wall or compost pile. Plant a row of as an ever-changing, always-interesting hedge along a patio or outdoor room. A focal point on its own thanks to showy, fragrant spiderlike flowers and evergreen foliage, Chinese fringe flower can anchor a shrub planting or perennial border. Plant it alongside heavenly bamboo, lilyturf, pittosporum, juniper, or camellia for an easy-care shrub border.
Growing Fringe Flower
Chinese fringe flower grows best in full sun or part shade and moist, organically-rich, well-drained soil. The best planting site receives full sun in the morning and light shade in the afternoon. In Zone 7, plant it where it will receive protection from cold winter winds and protect its root zone with a thick layer of mulch in late fall. Remove the mulch in early spring. North of Zone 7 this shrub is deciduous.
Chinese fringe flower only requires pruning if you want to control the size of the plant. Prune in late fall after the plant finishes flowering. Chinese fringe flower grows best in moist soil, so spread a 2-inch-thick layer of mulch over the root zone to help conserve soil moisture. Water plants deeply during extended periods of drought.
New Types of Fringe Flower
Plant breeders have recently brought unique varieties of Chinese fringe flower to the market that feature stunning foliage and colors.