A must have perennial plant Aster x frikartii ‘Monch’ with its bright lavender blue daisy like flowers is not only easy care but also long flowering.
This is one of three clones named ‘Eiger’, ‘Jungfrau’, and ‘Monch’ all of these after mountains in the Swiss Alps neat Grindelwald and Interlaken. And Frikartii is is named after Carl Ludwig Frikart a famous Swiss nurseyman.
From early to mid summer through to autumn the flowers with their bright yellow centres contrast well against the deeper green foliage.
How to Grow Aster x frikartii ‘Monch’
Like most Asters, this is an east care plant once established.
- Best grown in full sun in warmer climates a little afternoon shade will be appreciated.
- A humus rich well drained soil and a little extra water during long dry periods is all this plants needs to kept happy.
- We use a general purpose fertiliser in late spring as the foliage begins to grow.
- Once the foliage puts on good growth we usually pinch out the shoots at the top of each stem to encourage a better show of flowers.
- Deadhead after flowering to encourage more flowers and then cut back hard in late autumn/fall after the foliage has died back.
- You can leave the foliage over winter and cut back in spring if desired.
Aster x frikartii ‘Monch’ Details
- Family: Asteraceae
- Botanical name: Aster lateriflorus A.frikartii ‘The Monch’
- Common Names : Aster frikartii ‘The Monch’,
- Position: Full sun topiary shade
- Soil: Well drained humus rich
- Height : To around 60cm
- Spread: To around 40cm
- Growth habit: Deciduous perennial
- Pruning: Deadhead after flowering, prune back in early winter.
- Garden Uses : In the general garden border to add late seasonal colour.