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Astilbe 'Delft Lace'

astilbe 'Delft Lace'

Clump-forming perennial about 60-90cm tall, with finely toothed, deeply divided, dark green lacy leaves, flushed purple in spring. Red stems carry tall, upright, feathery flower plumes of pale apricot pink with accents of dark salmon, that open from pink buds in late summer

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Size
Ultimate height
0.5–1 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Clay
Loam
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Red Green Purple
Summer Red Orange Pink Green Purple
Autumn Green Purple
Winter
Position
  • Partial shade
Aspect

East–facing or West–facing or North–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H7
Botanical details
Family
Saxifragaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Clump forming
Genus

Astilbe are rhizomatous herbaceous perennials with attractive, usually ternately divided leaves and erect plume-like panicles of tiny white, pink or purple flowers in summer. The old, brown flower-heads remain attractive in autumn

Name status

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in moist but well-drained or boggy soil in dappled shade, or in indirect sun where the soil remains moisture-retentive in summer. Drought intolerant, may be affected by leaf scorch in hot sun. Good for waterside planting. See Astilbe cultivation

Propagation

Propagate by division, divide overcrowded clumps every three to four years and discard older rhizomes to maintain vigour.

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Patio and container plants
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

Plumes flower once and gradually fade over several weeks. Remove spent flowers stalks to improve appearance or leave in place to dry for ornamental interest

Pests

May be susceptible to vine weevil

Diseases

May be susceptible to Powdery mildews

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