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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 amellus 'Brilliant'

Aster amellus 'Brilliant'£3.50

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£4.50

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

Excellent clump forming plant with masses of lavender flowers on short but willowy stems to 45cm in summer and autumn. Ordinary soil in sun.


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Aster x frikartii 'Jungfrau'

Aster x frikartii 'Jungfrau'£3.50

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£4.50

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 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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Eurybia schreberi

Eurybia schreberi£4.50

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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Galatella sedifolia

Galatella sedifolia£3.50

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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Symphyotrichum 'Anja's Choice'

Symphyotrichum 'Anja's Choice'£4.00


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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 cordifolius ex. Piney Fork

Symphyotrichum cordifolius ex. Piney Fork£5.00

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 foliaceum coll. Montana

Symphyotrichum foliaceum coll. Montana£4.00

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 novae-angliae 'Helen Picton'

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae 'Helen Picton'£4.00

A rather shorter form with rich violet purple flowers in autumn. Mildew free in reasonable soil in full sun. 90cm.


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Symphyotrichum novae-angliae 'Treasure'

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae 'Treasure'£4.50

Large flowers of a light purple on this tough, mildew resistant cultivar. Good soil in full sun. 1.2m.


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