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Asters, or Michaelmas daisies as they are more commonly known as, are a diverse group of plants with some species flowering in the spring and others in the autumn. We also tend to think of asters as sun-loving plants however there are some that prefer shady places and even dry shade. In 2014, some asters were renamed and moved to the genera Symphyotrichum and Eurybia.

 

Most autum-flowering asters benefit from being divided every three years although some asters need more careful division from the parent plant. Propagation is best undertaken in the spring. Staking may also be required for taller plants.

Aster ageratoides 'Ashvi' £4.00

(9cm pot not available this year)

 

Neat white daisies. Flowers from (July) August to November. Easy, compact plant. Full sun. Tolerates dry shade. Native to Afghanistan. Grows to a height of 85cm and spread of 40cm  Hardy. Syn. Aster trifoliatus subsp. ageratoides.

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Aster peduncularis £5.00

(9cm pot available now - 2 plants)

 

Large blue daisies over unusual broad and tough, dark green foliage. Flowers from July to September. Easy, compact plant. Prefers sun but good even in dry shade. Dislikes waterlogged soil. Originates from the Himalayas. Grows to a height of 60cm with a spread of 40cm. Hardy. Syn. Aster asperulus.

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Aster conspicuus £4.25

(9cm pot not available this year)

 

Violet-blue daisies followed by silvery seed heads that last until winter. Flowers from September to October. Easy, compact, well-behaved plant. Prefers sun. Native to Western Canada and Western US. Hardy. Syn. Eurybia conspicua. Also known as Western Showy Aster.

Aster 'Little Carlow' £4.00

(9cm pot sold out)

 

Symphyotrichum 'Little Carlow' (Cordifolium hybrid) Lots of small blue daisies over mid-green foliage. Flowers from September to October. Easy, compact plant. Grow in full sun/partial shade in fertile, moist soil. Cut back after flowering and mulch. Grows to a height of 95cm with a spread of 45cm. Hardy.