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Astilbe Ellie

Early flowering variety with plumes of white flowers

A versatile plant that makes a compact mound of lacy, fern-like, red tinted leaves from which plumes of pure white flowers emerge, from late spring. The flower and foliage together is a lovely combination and they are wonderful for cutting and bringing indoors.


This is a compact variety so perfect for smaller spaces. Its good for a bed or border and 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.

One of the best white astilbes that flowers a little earlier than most.

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
Flowering June - August
Evergreen No
Plant height 80 cm - 100 cm
Plant width 35 cm - 45 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 90 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Clay, Loam
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
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