Aster novi-belgii 'Marie Ballard' (Symphyotrichum)

£4.75
Aspect:
Full Sun
Aspect:
Light/Partial Shade
Soil Type:
Most Types
Colour:
Blue

Sorry, sold out, but we are growing more so check again in a few weeks.

See full plant description below.

Plant Details

A tall aster with large double light blue flowers in September and October. Quite beautiful. 

Height: 90cm

Asters:

The perennial Asters, which include Michaelmas Daisies, are essential to prolong the flowering season of most gardens well into autumn. 

When autumn tints are mostly reds and golds, Asters provide refreshing contrasts in whites, pinks, lavenders and purples. 

They will grow in sun or light shade.

Another advantage is that they come in a wide range of heights, to suit all purposes.

Michaelmas daisies were introduced from America in the 17th Century and became a cottage garden favourite. Those from New England took the name Novae-Angliae and those from the low-countries' settlements around New Amsterdam (now New York), were called Novi-Belgii.

Note: Asters have largely been renamed Symphyotrichum but we are stick-in-the-muds and prefer the traditional name.

  • Asters attract honeybees, bumblebees and butterflies to the garden.
  • The name Aster comes from the old Greek word 'astér' which means 'star' and refers to the shape of the flower.
  • The Hungarian uprising of 1918 is called the Aster Revolution because demonstrators in Budapest wore the flower in large numbers.
  • The aster is the flower for a 20th (porcelain) wedding anniversary.
  • The Germanic tribes believed that the smell of burnt foliage from wilted asters drove away poisonous snakes and evil spirits for the winter.
  • In the modern language of flowers the aster represents love and patience. 

Common name(s): Michaelmas Daisy

All our plants are supplied in at least 9x10cm pots. Plants in this size pot establish quickly in the garden and often outpace plants planted in bigger pots at the same time. We do not sell 'plug plants' because those need to be grown on before planting. Our potted plants can be planted immediately, unless otherwise noted, or you can leave them in their pots until you are ready to plant. We grow everything we sell ourselves, in our nursery in the Buckinghamshire countryside.