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Astilbe Delft Lace

Bright red stems with light pink plumes of flowers

A versatile plant that makes a mound of lacy, fern-like, blue-green leaves from which plumes of soft pink flowers on crimson stems emerge, from late spring. The flower and foliage together is a lovely combination and they are wonderful for cutting and bringing indoors.


As well as looking great in a bed or border, it works well planted near water and is happy in a shady spot, a good choice for a containers to.


Best in a good moist soil that doesn't dry out in summer. Use a good quality general purpose compost for container growing.

Astilbe 'Delft Lace' was bred in the Netherlands by H. Holtmaat.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Perennial herbaceous
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Summer, Autumn
Flowering June - November
Evergreen No
Plant height 45 cm - 80 cm
Plant width 40 cm - 50 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 65 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H7

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Light sand
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Moist
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Cottage garden, Informal garden, Patio container, Flower border and beds

Typically available

From April to September