Asters or Michaelmas daisies are flowering perennials that belong to the Compositae family and are found in many gardens. Asters grow best in areas with full or partial sun and well-drained soil, but it can also thrive in the shade if there is sufficient water. The flowers are known for their beauty as well as their ability to attract butterflies, bees and other pollinators in the autumn.

What is an Aster?

Asters are late summer and autumn flowering perennials with masses of colourful daisy like flowers which are an important source of nectar for bees and other pollinators in the later part of the year. Flower colours range from white through pinks, blues and purples. Taller varieties are also suitable as cut flowers.

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Where to plant Aster

Asters can be grown in a wide range garden situations in pots or the garden border. They are happiest in dappled shade. Plant Asters with grasses and other perennial plants to create a prairie like border. 

How to care for this plant?

Asters can suffer from mildew. This can be prevented by regular watering so that the plants are not stressed by drying out. A fortnightly spray with SB Plant Invigorator will also help. Light pruning to shape plant in spring will encourage a good shape and flowers. Deadheading will also prolong flowering. Once flowering is over cut plants back hard before winter.