GBBD October 2015 – Its all about the Asters

Aster frikartii wunder von staffa
Aster frikartii Wunder von Stafa

Having spent the day recording the new RHS Symphyotrichum trial at Old Court Nurseries I thought it would be appropriate to focus on ‘Asters’ in this month’s Garden Bloggers Bloom Day post.  Above is one of my real favourites, Aster x frikartii ‘Wunder von Stafa’. I love the large daisy like flowers, it has a nice open habit and being of short-medium height works well in the border.

Symphyotricum 'Les Moutiers'
Symphyotricum ‘Les Moutiers’

Symphyotrichum ‘Les Moutiers’ is another one which I have been admiring for the last few weeks.  It has strong stems so needs little supporting and the flowers are more pink that it seems in the photograph.  It has a very elegant habit and a nice height of 4-5ft (difficult to tell on my slope) and is clumping up well.

Symphyotrichum 'Ochtendgloren'
Symphyotrichum ‘Ochtendgloren’

Another aster whose photo doesn’t really show its colour properly is Symphyotrichum ‘Ochtendgloren’. In reality it is a much pinker purple.  A medium height plant so good in front of taller grasses such as Calamagrostis ‘Overdam’.  I am hoping my plant will clump up well as it is such a pretty colour and bounces well off the nearby Cotinus.

Aster trifoliatus subsp. ageratoides 'Stardust'
Aster trifoliatus subsp. ageratoides ‘Stardust’

On a much shorter scale is Aster trifoliatus subsp. ageratoides ‘Stardust’.  I don’t think it is as pretty as the others but it doesn’t mind a bit of shade which makes it a good doer for brightening up woodland planting at this time of year.

Aster novae-angliae 'St Michael's'
Aster novae-angliae ‘St Michael’s’

Finally we have Aster novae-angliae ‘St Michael’s’.   I have to confess that I bought this some years ago as it is named for a local hospice charity, as opposed to the well-known department store, and some of the price went to the charity.  However, it has really been attention grabbing for the last few weeks with its big bluey-purple flowers and interestingly was one of the varieties that we identified today as one to really watch through the trial.  Mine has found it way through various plant moves to the woodland border and is surprisingly looking very good.

So those are my October blooms, for other bloggers’ blooms pop over to May Dreams and check out the comments box.

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9 Comments Add yours

  1. I love ‘Wunder von Stafa’, which as you may recall, was recommended to me when we went to The Picton Garden. It’s doing really well this year – it always seems to look so fresh. I’ve now bought some ‘Little Carlow’ as well.

  2. Some wonderful bit of information on new options. I have Asters and love the splash of lavender they provide this time of year, but I’m always looking for info on additional choices…Your photos are really gorgeous.

  3. Pauline says:

    Asters are the stars of the moment in everyones garden, anyone who doesn’t have any, should! I like your A. St Michael’s, such a beautiful blue.

  4. I can imagine “Stardust” seeming to glow from a slightly shady corner…

  5. Andrea says:

    I love the quality of your photos. Those asters we also can grow here in the hot tropics.

  6. Brian Skeys says:

    Asters have always been one of my favourite flowers, but they don’t seem to survive very long here. I have lost both Wunder van Stafa and Ochtendgloren. I don’t think they like the shade, I shall have to seek your advice.

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      No Brian, they don’t like shade at all. Pop and see Helen and have a chat with her

  7. jenhumm116 says:

    Thanks for all the detaIled information Helen. There’s definitely a few there I’d like to add!

  8. Cathy says:

    These all sound lovely – perhaps I should try harder, but interesting to read what you say about shade…

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