The name Aster comes from the ancient Greek word for “star” and is perhaps the brightest of all autumn perennials, making it the ideal candidate for the Horticultural Trades Association’s (HTA) Plant of the Month for September.
As part of the Plan it, Plant it this Autumn campaign, Aster is one of the top ten herbaceous border plants that can be bought in garden centres and planted during the autumn months and can bring your garden alive with colour with shades of crimson, blue, rose, pink, yellow and white.
Often known as Michaelmas daisies, asters come in several species and many cultivars of different colours and heights.
Aster x fikartii “Monch” is traditionally lavender blue and has a flowering period from mid-summer through to late autumn and continues until the first hard frost.
Aster offer many colours, and habits of growth and can be grown in combination with many other herbaceous plants that flower later in the season.
Aster Achillea millefolium and Echinacea purpurea look good with these daisies and add variety to any border.
Other popular varieties include Aster Bahamas, Barbados, Ibiza, Samoa and Tonga which come in rich purples and pinks to bring vibrancy to your garden.
All varieties make for good cut flowers and are easy plants for beginners to try in the garden.
The appeal of the Aster is that they are very hardy and they last for many years. They thrive in most soils and like full sun or partial shade.
Asters also provide a valuable food source for butterflies and bees, so will bring wildlife to your garden during the autumn months.
Nominated and agreed upon by British growers and retailers, the HTA’s Plant of the Month campaign highlights the plants that are widely available and looking especially good each month.