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Garden chrysanthemum

 Chrysanthemum Lubera

The name "winter aster" creates confusion. This is because the intended plant is actually a chrysanthemum and not an aster. In recent times, the winter aster has been increasingly called garden chrysanthemum. Whatever the name, it undoubtedly enchants the autumn garden just as effectively as the aster, which belongs to the same daisy family. As soon as the days get shorter, it opens its first flowers. The first early varieties bloom in September, the last in October. The leaves are slightly felty and fragrant. Many see in this plant a disposable flower that can be bought in the autumn so that the entrance to the house is decorated with flowers and handed over to the compost during the first frosts. In many places, there seems to be uncertainty as to whether the plants are suitable for winter or not. 'Are winter asters hardy?' and 'Can these plants be overwintered?' are also common questions in the plant forums on the internet. The answer is yes! These are hardy and cope well with sub-zero temperatures, provided that they are not too exposed. In our shop, you can buy these plants online in different varieties.

   
 
   
 
Chrysanthemum Lubera

A Traditional Plant Rediscovered

In the garden, this plant is a rarely seen guest, often dubbed the "grandmother plant" of yesteryear. It is high time to rediscover this versatile plant and to realise that it has something to offer all generations with its variety of shapes and colours. A single plant is covered all over with flowers. Like fireworks, these plants enchant garden beds with their strong, bright colours in autumn. Their round, ray-shaped blossoms stand for harmony and happiness. Yellow, pink, pink, orange and red: everyone can choose the shades they particularly like. Chrysanthemums include over 40 different species, most of which are common in East Asia. Breeders have created numerous different varieties from them.

Varieties of Garden Chrysanthemums

You can buy old varieties of these plants, but there are also many new varieties on the market. If you like it plain and simple, you will definitely enjoy Chrysanthemum x hort. 'Fellbacher Wein', a distinctive red variety with a bright yellow centre. In pink, there is a variety called Chrysanthemum x hort. 'Innocence' that goes well with natural plantings. The double-bloomed varieties include the cream-coloured 'White Bouquet' with its pompom-shaped flowers. Chrysanthemum x hort. 'Tante Heti' has sun-yellow petals which are very narrow and arranged radially, which ensures a filigree character. When choosing a variety, it should be kept in mind that the small-flowered varieties, in particular, are well-armed against frost and rain, while the large, double varieties are somewhat more delicate and should be protected.

Sunny and Nutritious

This queen of the garden likes a sunny but not too hot location with fresh, nutritious soil. These plants like beds as well as pots on balconies. They don't like waterlogging, but tolerate a little fertiliser in the spring.

The Best Time to Plant  

Spring planting is advantageous so that they can root well and are strong enough to withstand the cool temperatures until the first winter. In general, it is advisable to protect the plants with leaves or brushwood during the winter months. The plants should not be cut until spring, around March. As soon as the new shoots sprout, the dried up shoots can be removed.

If you want to propagate your plants yourself, do this via cuttings. The best time to do this is in the spring. Cut approximately 10 cm long shoots from the mother plant and put them in small pots with moist sowing soil. Soon you can look forward to blooming youngsters for your garden.

Here is our conclusion: if you like your garden colourful and diverse, you won't be disappointed by the chrysanthemums. And if you want to set a brilliant final accent in your autumn garden, you should not avoid these late bloomers among the perennial flowering plants. Have fun with these bright flowers!

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