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Not just the typical Michaelmas Daisy, we offer others with more interest. Many of the less common species are more or less mildew free and a better, moister soil will help with all species. A very varied family now reflected better by some recent name changes - if you can't find what you are looking for under Aster, try the new genus names also found on this page.

Read more about the name changes in our blog.

The Aster family is a huge group of plants, from most of the northern hemisphere, made up, basically, of what was left after the botanists had divided the obvious groups of daisies out of the family formerly known as Compositae, now known as Asteraceae.  As a result some of the species bear little relation to each other and the new name changes make sense on a botanical level, just a pity some of the new names will be so hard to spell and pronounce compared to Aster!

As a whole, the Asters are summer and autumn flowering perennials, mostly with good upright stems that produce interesting fluffy seedheads later in the year, very useful for naturalistic gardening.  Most of them like an ordinary soil, not too wet or dry, in sun or a little shade but there are a few that prefer at least some shade.

Most can be given a Chelsea-chop if required, cutting back the new growth in spring from c. 30cm to c. 15cm, to encourage side branhes and a denser, lower growing clump.  It doesn't work with all of them, so ask or experiment before chopping the whole plant off!

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Aster amellus 'Brilliant'

Aster amellus 'Brilliant'£4.00

Clumps of greyish green foliage and bright pink flowers in late summer and autumn. 45cm. Average drained soil in sun.

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Aster peduncularis

Aster peduncularis£6.00

Tight clumps of branched stems with deep green, slightly hairy, leaves topped with rich lavender flowers all summer. Average soil in sun. 45cm.

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Aster pyrenaeus 'Lutetia'

Aster pyrenaeus 'Lutetia'£4.50

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Aster x frikartii 'Jungfrau'

Aster x frikartii 'Jungfrau'£4.00

Lovely clear blue flowers from midsummer into autumn on stocky stems to 60cm. Drained soil in full sun for the best show.

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Doellingeria umbellata

Doellingeria umbellata£3.50

Clumps of tall wand-like stems clothed with narrow leaves and topped with heads of smallish white flowers in autumn. Excellent for mixing with Panicums etc. 1.2m. Ordinary soil in sun.

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Eurybia divaricata

Eurybia divaricata£3.50

An unusual Aster with its shiny green leaves, black stems and masses of small white flowers with yellow centres that rapidly turn pink - and it likes shade! Low clumps to 60cm, flowers midsummer. Any reasonable soil in shade or part shade.

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Eurybia macrophylla 'Albus'

Eurybia macrophylla 'Albus'£4.00

Heads of relatively large white flowers over clumps of large pale green leaves. Summer to autumn flowering, to 60cm. Ordinary soil in sun or light shade.

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Eurybia radula

Eurybia radula£4.00

A compact plant with stocky stems topped with sprays of lavender purple flowers in mid-late summer. Makes a small patch and grows to about 35cm high. Drained soil in sun.

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Eurybia schreberi

Eurybia schreberi£3.50

Superficially similar to E. divaricatus in flower. Loose clumps of large green leaves and branched stems to 50cm. Largish white flowers in summer, earlier than E. divaricatus. Shade or part shade, average soil.

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Eurybia x herveyi

Eurybia x herveyi£3.50

Clumps of broad, fresh green foliage and branched heads of glowing lavender-blue flowers to 60cm. A good tough hybrid for ordinary soil in sun or light shade.

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Galatella sedifolia

Galatella sedifolia£4.50

Clumps of upright wand-like stems with clusters of narrow petalled flowers to 30cm in late summer. Ordinary soil in sun.

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Solidago x luteus 'Lemore'

Solidago x luteus 'Lemore'£3.50

Quite unlike the common Goldenrods, this low growing, bushy plant is topped with sprays of fluffy lemon yellow flowers in summer and autumn. Ordinary soil in sun. 60cm.

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Symphyotrichum 'Kylie'

Symphyotrichum 'Kylie'£4.50

An easy, reliable and tough hybrid (A. novae-angliae x A. ericoides) with arching stems carrying large sprays of thousands of small pink flowers in late summer and autumn. Best cascading down a slope or over a wall. 50cm. Sun.

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Symphyotrichum 'Little Carlow'

Symphyotrichum 'Little Carlow'£3.50

AGM. Clumps of upright, branching stems with masses of lavender flowers in autumn. Dark stems and foliage contrast well. 1m Average soil in sun or part shade.

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Symphyotrichum 'Oktoberlicht'

Symphyotrichum 'Oktoberlicht'£4.00

A very attractive white flowered hybrid producing masses of glowing flowers on deep green bushy plants to 1.2m in autumn. Lovely with other "Asters" and autumn grasses. Decent soil in sun.

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Symphyotrichum cordifolius ex. Piney Fork

Symphyotrichum cordifolius ex. Piney Fork£4.00

Collected from a site destined for development! Branching stems bearing lots of lavender-blue flowers in late summer and autumn. 1m.

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Symphyotrichum laeve 'Les Moutiers'

Symphyotrichum laeve 'Les Moutiers'£4.50

A brilliant recent introduction from France with dark stems and clouds of good, pink flowers in autumn. Similar to 'Little Carlow' in habit and flower. Good soil in sun. 1m.

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Symphyotrichum laeve 'Nightshade'

Symphyotrichum laeve 'Nightshade'£3.50

Amazing glowing lavender blue flowers on dark stems clothed with deep green leaves in autumn. Strong upright habit to 1.4m. Good soil in sun.

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Symphyotrichum novae-angliae 'Lachsglut'

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae 'Lachsglut'£4.50

Possibly the most vivid michaelmas daisy around - luminous bright pink, slightly paler in the centre. Upright stems to 1.2m, flowering in autumn. Easy in ordinary soil in sun.

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Symphyotrichum novae-angliae 'Pink Victor'

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae 'Pink Victor'£3.50

An old favourite of ours with mildew resistant foliage and masses heads of clear pink flowers from August to October. Can be "Chelsea-chopped". Best in good soil in full sun. 1.4m.

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Symphyotrichum novae-angliae 'Rosa Sieger'

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae 'Rosa Sieger'£3.50

AGM. An excellent selection of michaelmas daisy with rose pink flowers darker in the middle. Strong upright stems to 1.2m. Ordinary soil in full sun for best growth.

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Symphyotrichum x amethystinum 'Freiburg'

Symphyotrichum x amethystinum 'Freiburg'£4.00

A rare hybrid "Aster" producing clumps of upright stems with heads of bright, light, blue flowers in late autumn to 1.2m. Rarely seen and well worth growing! Average soil in sun.

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