Aster Plants (michaelmas daisy)
Aster flowers are often commonly called the ‘michaelmas daisy’, they include a wide range of flowering plants such as Aster novi-belgii and Aster callistephus chinensis.
Aster novi belgii ‘Blue Gown’, pictured right is one of the many varieties available for sale online.
With some grown as perennials, some as annuals and some as biennials they are a part of a large group of mainly frost resistant plants with daisy like flowers.
Widely used in cottage gardens, mass border plantings and often grown in containers, Aster are a fairly upright plant with the main attraction being the flowers.
The real beauty of these easy care plants is the free flowering nature, masses of flowers from summer right through until autumn. A good variety of flower colours from white through to pinks and reds as well as purple and blue.
Care and growing conditions
Asters have long been popular as border plant or in the rock garden with large clusters of daisy-like flowers from white, purple and lavender through to pink and red asters are a hardy plant.
A well drained moist soil in a sunny position is best, although asters will handle part shade. Deadhead asters for repeat flowering.
Plants can be propagated from seed, or from cuttings taken mid spring. As they form larger clumps Asters can also be divided, best in late winter or early spring
Varieties such as Aster ‘Ruby Buttons’ (pictures right) are so good that hay are also grown for the cut flower industry. Tall stems and attractive glossy leave s, the stems are topped with double flowers, a very attractive ‘ruby red’. This is a tall growing plant to nearly 1m, over time it will grow to form a good clump up to 50 cm across.
- Aster lateriflorus ‘The Prince’,
- A.frikartii ‘The Monch’ and ”Lady in Black are both popular cultivars.
- Aster ‘Violetta’ with its rich deep purple flowers and golden yellow centres is a stunning plant for late summer flowers, bees love it.
- Aster laevis ‘Calliope’ – Excellent mauve to pale blue flowers.
Available for sale from
Large range of Rare, Unusual and Old Fashioned Perennials. Includes Artemisias, Achilleas, Geraniums, Geums, Salvias, Penstemon and Francoa.
PO Box 7040 Leura NSW 2780
Rare woodland plants, Trilliums Epimediums, Arisaemas, plus much more.www.lynnsrareplants.com.au
52 Rodd St Canowindra NSW 2804
An online nursery specialising in drought and frost tolerant perennials and fragrant, edible and herbs.
'Umbango' 750 Humula Rd, Humula NSW 2652
Phone 0408692773 Great Range of Perennial plants available for sale by mail order.
395 Lesters Rd Ascot VIC 3364 - phone (03) 53434303
Specialising in beautiful perennials & bulbs including new releases from Europe & USA. Many hardy, rare & difficult to find ‘drought hardy’ plants, quality vegetable & flower seeds.