Michaelmas daisy, Alpine Aster
Aster Novi-belgii, A. alpinus
NEW YORK Aster Aster Novi-belgii
Formulated from new varieties, these 4 foot tall plants produce showy flowers in shades of blue, pink and white in September and October. Butterflies love them and they provide plenty of nectar for bees. Adaptable, plants thrive in full sun or semi-shade. One of the most cold hardy perennials in our catalog, New York asters are winter hardy to zone 2.
TRIMIX Alpine Aster
Includes shades of soft blue, lavender, pink, rose and white. Mounding 6-12 inch tall plants carry beautiful 1.5-2.5 inch flowers in late spring and summer. Delightful perennial for the front of the border or in rock gardens. Performs best in cold winter areas and in part shade. Winter hardy to zone 4. Trimix alpine aster grows nicely with lady's mantle, and spiderwort.
How to Plant Aster Seeds
Sow seed in cell packs or flats, press into soil and barely cover. Needs light to germinate. Kept at 65-75°F., germination averages 14-28 days. Transplant into the garden 12 inches apart for the alpine asters and 18-24 inches apart for the New York asters.