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Aster

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 trifoliatus ssp. ageratoides 'Asran'

Aster trifoliatus ssp. ageratoides 'Asran'£5.50

Spreading clumps of wand-like stems with incised dark green leaves topped with generous heads of very pale lavender blue flowers in summer. Average soil in sun. 45cm.


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Eurybia divaricata

Eurybia divaricata£4.00

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 'August Sky'

Eurybia radula 'August Sky'£4.50

Spreading patches of willowy, dark brown stems topped with sprays of rich light purple flowers with golden centres in late summer. Ordinary soil, 30cm. Excellent and useful addition to the border.


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Galatella sedifolia

Galatella sedifolia£4.00

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 rugosa 'Fireworks'

Solidago rugosa 'Fireworks'£5.00

AGM A stunning and well behaved Golden Rod with purple flushed foliage, best in full sun. Open, elegant heads of long narrow branches covered in yellow flowers in late summer. 1.2m. Average to good soil.


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Solidago x luteus 'Lemore'

Solidago x luteus 'Lemore'£4.50

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 'Little Carlow'

Symphyotrichum 'Little Carlow'£5.00

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'£5.00

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 foliaceum coll. Montana

Symphyotrichum foliaceum coll. Montana£5.00

Clumps of deep green foliage and upright stems topped with heads of lavender-blue flowers in late summer. 50cm. Best in good soil in full sun, ideal with grasses like Panicum.


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Symphyotrichum lateriflorum var. horizontale

Symphyotrichum lateriflorum var. horizontale£4.50

AGM Clumps of upright stems well clad with purplish foliage and then topped with massed sprays of tiny, near white flowers in autumn to 90cm. Average soil in sun but it does best in rich soil that doesn't dry out.


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Symphyotrichum novae-angliae 'Bishop Colenso'

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae 'Bishop Colenso'£5.50

Semi-double flowers of a rich purple on this form named for a former Norfolk resident. Average soil in sun. 75cm.


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Symphyotrichum novi-belgii 'Jenny'

Symphyotrichum novi-belgii 'Jenny'£5.00

A dwarf form with luminous purple-pink flowers in September-October. Does best in good soil with plenty of moisture. 35cm.


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Symphyotrichum x amethystinum 'Freiburg'

Symphyotrichum x amethystinum 'Freiburg'£5.50

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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