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Aster x frikartii 'Monch'

Aster

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour

Lavender

Feature

Flowers, Attractive to wildlife

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

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Plant details

Probably one of the top ten border plants, this traditional lavender-blue aster offers several advantages over other Michaelmas daisies. It has a longer flowering season, beginning earlier, in mid summer, continuing into autumn. It does not need staking (except in windy gardens), and is mildew resistant. It is also exceptionally free-flowering, with an attractive colour that is easy to place as it associates well with so many summer and autumn flowers. Aster is best grown in a sunny or partially shaded position with fertile, well-drained soil. It requires adequate moisture throughout summer. The Royal Horticultural Society have given it their prestigious Award of Garden Merit.

Family: Asteraceae

Genus: Aster

Species: x frikartii

Cultivar: Monch

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Lavender

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers, Attractive to wildlife

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Chalky/alkaline

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 90cm

Spread: 60cm

Time to divide plants: March to May


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