Types of aster flowers
The great news is that there's more than one variety of aster to enjoy! While many of us are drawn to the popular purple petalled variety, there are a few more to consider – nearly 180 species, in fact. We're not going to list them all here but instead have featured our top three.
Aster (Michaelmas Daisy)
This plant blooms in a pretty shade of purple, with a fan of petals around a bold yellow centre. It reminds us of your typical daisy plant but is an upgraded version, with vibrant colour and a long vase life.
This variety of aster is a bushier version of its daisy inspired counterpart and grows in vibrant shades of pink and deep purple. Aster Novae-Angliae looks more impressive in a garden than in a vase, making it a popular choice for those looking to create a focal point in their flowerbeds during autumn.
Snow Flurry Aster
You've likely guessed where this brilliant white aster flower got its name from but just to hammer it home, Snow Flurry Aster is called this because its flowers look like snowflakes amongst the greenery. The flower heads are similar in shape and size to your typical aster but look like they've had a run-in with your Mum's stain remover in the washing machine.
When to plant asters
It's recommended that you plant asters in mid to late spring, as this ensures they have plenty of time to take root and produce flowers in time for autumn.
You can plant them in pots to keep them contained or feature them in rows near your patio, where you'll enjoy these pretty blooms alongside your late summer fire pits and drinks with friends in the evening.
Asters can grow anywhere between 10cm and 2m tall, so bear this in mind when choosing where to plant these starry shaped flowers in your garden. Tall varieties are best for the back of the border and perfect to make a statement against the fence.
Asters do well in full or partial sun, as they love nothing more than to soak up all those warming rays and when it comes to soil, they thrive in well-drained areas.
The good news is asters are not high maintenance, so you don't need to worry about watering them all the time and they'll continue to do their thing.
We love the magical and mystical aster with its ties to Greek mythology and stunning blooms that are great in or outside your home. Take on these tips to care for yours, whether it's a cutting, a full bouquet or a feature in your garden.