Everyone knows and loves the Asters that bloom in fall, but there are as well a handful of summer bloomers that are valued for their bright blue flowers and their exceptionally long bloom time. The best of them is A. x frikartii 'Monch.' Its graceful 2-3′ stems bear masses of 2½″ flowers all summer, in an extraordinary shade of lavender blue. An outstanding middle of the border plant with Achillea, Alchemilla, Alstroemeria, Antirrhinum, and Astrantia. 'Monch' flowers best in full sun and evenly moist but well-drained soil. Best treated as an annual in the Deep South.
We count Asters among the great garden plants, because many of them bloom gloriously in late summer and fall when most garden plants are spent. There are many species, all of them having the classic Daisy form (outer ray flowers surrounding a central disk). They offer a range of rich colors, often with exceptionally handsome dark green foliage, easy dispositions, hardiness, and a ton of flowers at a time when color is at a premium. In addition, some Asters are among the longest-blooming plants known, the finest attribute a plant can have. Asters need full sun and reliable moisture, and often perform best if pinched in midsummer, which discipline produces a super-abundance of bloom on a plant precisely the size you want.
For more information on the growing and care of Asters, click Growing Guide.
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The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.
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Riga Garden Gall from Rochester, NY
Beautiful large lavender blooms from mid August until October. Nice foliage, doesn't have to be hidden behind other plants like some asters. Does demand reasonably light, fertile soil with reasonable moisture to perform well - will sulk in clay. No pests seen if healthy.
Lucianne from Lancaster PA
I just got three of these to put in my blue and white garden on a slope with a fountain at the feet of an enormous old maple, because I saw them in a New York botanical garden and loved their graceful non clumpy habit. These little guys have only been in the ground a couple of weeks in October in PA but are already showing new flowers. They are so delicate but so perky and somehow hopeful. I ordered three more.
A viewer from Mid-Atlantic USA
I ordered many plants for fall planting 2015. The aster x frikartii "Monch" is my favorite of all. It is a very beautiful, delicate-looking, lavender-blue, daisy-like flower with a bright yellow center. I wish I had ordered more than 3. I smile everytime I look at them. Although the information states that it blooms August-September, mine came up and bloomed beginning at the end of June. Don't know if "climate change" or my location made any difference in the bloom-time estimate but I am pleased as punch that they are blooming early. They have many many buds and I suspect that these plants will bloom for a good long time if I deadhead them regularly. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.... so very special.
Latin Name Pronunciation: ass'ter
Grow in full sun (or partial shade in the South) in moist but well-drained soil (A. amellus tolerates drought). A. novae-angliae varieties are susceptible to powdery mildew in dry soil. They also require division every year or two to remain vigorous. A. novae-angliae varieties may require staking; if you prefer, you can pinch them back once or twice (by 1/3–1/2) before the end of June (July in the South and the Southwest) to keep them compact. In the South, A. X frikartii 'Monch' may stop blooming by midsummer; shear it back by half, and it will bloom again through the better part of fall.