This delightful little Aster has a lot going for it, takes little in the way of care and delivers an amazing, early show. The late spring, early summer flowers are the perfect filler as the spring bulbs begin to fade. The bright green foliage is all but covered in fully double lilac blue flowers that are great for picking. But if you can resist and allow them their time in the sun, they will turn to decorative, fluffy seed heads.
The compact size means it is easy to slot into the garden (especially if you are like me and already bulging at the seams). It makes a terrific edging plant and looks fantastic in rock gardens, and will grow well in a container.
Once established the plants don't require a lot of water, even though they grow and flowers through the hotter times of the year. Grow in moderately fertile to humus rich, well drained soil. This variety can be short lived, but for the three or four years it blooms it puts on a memorable show, and produces seed.
In the language of flowers, Aster's denote love or daintiness. The word, Aster, is Latin for Star. Asters are commonly known as Easter Daisies or Michaelmas Daisies.
Asters have now been botanically separated into different genus. The European species remain Aster. The North American have changed into three genera, Symphyotrichum, Eurybia and Doellingeria. We like the umbrella, old fashioned, easier to pronounce, Aster but if you want to be correct and up to date in classification, this variety should be Symphyotrichum alpinus 'Goliath'.
Late spring to summer
Cool to Mediterranean
Full Sun to Semi Shade