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Aster

Asters are traditional garden plants and classic cottage garden shrubs that have lost Astern pflanzen
none of their popularity over the decades. With their bright, star-like flowers in different colours from light pink to dark purple they are a sought-after design tool for effective bedding displays. If you want to be pampered with deep colours until late autumn, you should definitely plant asters in your perennial beds.

 

Asters from the Lubera Garden Shop

The different species of this large plant family have much to offer with their different flowering times. In May, the spring or alpine asters are the talk of the town, then the summer and later the autumn asters take over. Whether low or tall, here in the Lubera garden shop you can buy a wide and colourful assortment of asters.

 

   
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Aster alpinus 'Albus'

Alpine aster

From £3.40 *

Aster amellus 'Blue King'

Italian aster 'Blue King'

From £5.90 *

Aster amellus 'Sternkugel'

Italian aster 'Sternkugel'

From £5.90 *

Aster amellus 'Veilchenkönigin'

Italian aster 'Veilchenkönigin'

From £5.90 *

Aster divaricatus

White wood aster

From £3.60 *

   
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Plant autumn asters and extend the gardening season

The group of autumn asters, bring something wonderful to the garden. At a time when there is not much colour in many gardens, these varieties ensure that the summer goes into extra time with an eye-catching flower spectacle. Autumn asters are easy-to-grow plants that thrill for many years. Towards the end of the year, they bring the strong colours of summer back into the garden and make the beds really sparkle in the autumn sunshine. Their beautifully arranged petals are a typical feature of the family of which they are named after, Asteraceae, which is also a daisy family. Among the autumn-flowering species are low growing types (Aster dumosus), the somewhat higher-growing, smooth-leafed types (Aster novi-belgii) and the (Aster novae-angliae). While the low growing asters only reach a maximum height of 50 cm, the smooth-leaf asters produce up to 150 cm high clumps, depending on the variety. The higher varieties are also ideal as cut flowers and bring colour and joy to the living room.

From sun to partial shade

Asters are best planted in permeable, loose and relatively nutrient-rich soils, so they can develop well. Before they bloom, it is worthwhile, especially on hot days, to give them plenty of water. You should pour the water directly into the root area; do not wet the leaves if possible, as to not give powdery mildew a chance to thrive. By the way, there are also aster plants for the rock garden, for example Aster alpinus or Aster x. frikartii, a breed from Switzerland. While most asters are hardy and perennial, there are also species that liven up the garden for just one summer. These are the summer asters, which are actually not really asters, but belong to the genus Callistephus.  You can sow them from March to May. During the season, these herbaceous, easy to care for plants make colourful splashes of colour in the garden. The flowers can also be used for beautiful bouquets. While most of the asters prefer sunny locations, there are exceptions. These include Aster divaricatus, the Wild Wood Aster. With its fine, white flower stars, it fits beautifully into natural plantings. It copes well with drought and shade and also thrives in hard-to-colonise places under trees and shrubs.

Cut asters

Asters are very easy to maintain. When it comes to cutting back asters, it is best to choose a spring day in March. Asters only require fertiliser sporadically. Anyone who wants to maintain their vitality and flowering ability over a long period of time can dig out the clumps after about one to two years and carefully break them up into several pieces, and then find a new place to plant them in the garden.  The asters should only be divided after flowering.

Plant asters

When planting asters, a distance of about half of the expected growth width is recommended. For the low growing varieties, 6-8 plants per square metre is ideal, while for the high varieties, such as the smooth leaf types, only three are necessary. In beds, the different stature heights of the different types and varieties can be beautifully displayed. With the lowest varieties, you can create flat shapes and margins in the foreground, while varieties such as Aster novae-angliae ‘Barrs Blue’ are used to their best advantage in the back.  If you have large planting areas, you can create prairie-like displays by combining tall grasses.  You can also plant at will and whim and play with the flower sizes and colours that range, depending on the type and variety, from white and small to large and crimson.

With its enormous variety and late flowering time, the aster is a plant that belongs in every garden. It comes into its own in the front yard as well as in the back garden or in a natural mixed planting with grasses such as Panicum or Calamagrostis. Ideal planting partners are also Sedum, Helenium or silver-leaved plants like Stachys.

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