Plants for shade – Astilbe 'Ellie'

Astilbe ‘Ellie’

False goatsbeard

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Astilbe 'Ellie'
  • Common name: False goatsbeard
  • Family: Saxifragaceae
  • Plant Type: Perennial, Deciduous
Flower colour:

White

Foliage colour:

Green

False goatsbeard, astilbe, is a perennial with showy plumes of dramatic flowers atop fern-like foliage. It’s perfect for a shady corner, where its dramatic blooms will add height and colour. There are many varieties of astilbe to choose from, bearing flowers ranging in colour from dark pink to cream-white. Their flowers are adored by pollinators, especially hoverflies.

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Astilbe ‘Ellie’ is an early-flowering variety, forming a compact mound of lacy foliage, from which plumes of white flowers appear from late spring. Both foliage and flowers are great for cutting. It’s ideal for growing in small gardens or pots, in sun or shade, as long as the soil is kept moist.

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Grow Astilbe ‘Ellie’ in moist but well-drained soil in partial to full shade (although bear in mind it will flower less reliably in full shade). Avoid afternoon sun as this can scorch the leaves. Water in dry weather and cut back hard after blooming. Divide congested clumps in spring or autumn.

How to grow Astilbe 'Ellie'

  • Plant size

    100cm height

    45cm spread

  • Aspect

    North facing, south facing, east facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Front, middle

  • Sun exposure: Dappled shade, full shade, full sun, partial shade
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Acidic / boggy / chalky / alkaline / clay / heavy / moist

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do Plant in June

Do Plant in July

Do Plant in August

Do Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Divide
Divide

Do not Divide in January

Do not Divide in February

Do Divide in March

Do Divide in April

Do not Divide in May

Do not Divide in June

Do not Divide in July

Do not Divide in August

Do Divide in September

Do Divide in October

Do not Divide in November

Do not Divide in December

Prune
Prune

Do not Prune in January

Do not Prune in February

Do not Prune in March

Do not Prune in April

Do not Prune in May

Do not Prune in June

Do not Prune in July

Do Prune in August

Do Prune in September

Do not Prune in October

Do not Prune in November

Do not Prune in December

Astilbe 'Ellie' and wildlife

Astilbe 'Ellie' is known for attracting bees, beneficial insects and other pollinators. It has nectar/pollen rich flowers.

Attractive to Bees

Attractive to Beneficial insects

Does not attract Birds

Does not attract Butterflies​/​Moths

Attractive to Other pollinators

Is Astilbe 'Ellie' poisonous?

Astilbe 'Ellie' has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People