Introducing Autumn Colour
It can be a sombre sight as summer starts to wind down and the days become darker and the weather becomes colder. As the gloomy-grey days set in and with the sun in short supply, we seek alternative ways to provide colour and brightness to our days.
Enter the Aster
In late summer to early autumn asters make an appearance. The name derives from ancient Greek and Latin word for star. This is due to their starry-shaped flower heads.
Whilst other perennials are fading, asters are just getting started and ready to offer a much needed wash of colour to your garden. With more than 600 species in the Aster Genus available, a variety of colour is unavoidable and they grow quite effortlessly. Bonus! Some of the colours include, pink, purple, red and white.
With anything, there is always a downside and asters are no exception. Once established asters don’t require much watering, unless in drier conditions. That’s when getting the correct amount of watering can be slightly tricky. As they can start to droop if not kept well-watered in the warmer months, showing a sign of stress. Most asters benefit from division every two to four years as they can die out in the centre.
They also don’t bare well with powdery mildew, particularly the taller variety. If you plant them in an area that gets partial to full sun this will help them to get air circulation and combat the mildew issue or by choosing a low-growing mildew-free variety.
- Plant most asters in the spring
- Amend soil at the start of growing season
- Grow in full or partial sun
- Deadheading before mid-July helps promote blooming
- Regularly water in summer months
- Keep soil moist but not saturated
Some varieties of asters can reach heights of eight feet and the smaller variety as little as eight inches.