Aster novae-angliae Helen Picton

Aster novae-angliae 'Helen Picton'

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9 cm
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Aster novae-angliae 'Helen Picton'

Aster (Symphyotrichum) novae-angliae 'Helen Picton,' introduced by Paul Picton of Old Court Nurseries, boasts violet-purple flowers, earning the RHS AGM in 2018. Thriving in full sun to partial shade, adaptable to any soil, and blooming from September to November, it withstands severe climates, dropping below -20°C. This clump-forming perennial reaches 100-135 cm in height, suitable for containers and diverse garden settings. 'Helen Picton' attracts bees and butterflies, is fully hardy, and its cut/dried flowers enhance ornamental value. Ideal pairings include Lupins, Delphiniums, Amsonia, Rudbeckia, and ornamental grasses, providing a harmonious garden composition. More Asters for sale here

About the Genus

Asters, commonly known as Michaelmas daisies, are a diverse and vibrant group of flowering plants that bring a burst of colour to gardens in late summer and early autumn. Belonging to the Asteraceae family, this genus encompasses a wide range of species, offering a palette of hues, shapes, and sizes.

The characteristic daisy-like flowers of Asters feature a central disk surrounded by vibrant petals, creating a mesmerizing, starry appearance. The colours span the spectrum, including shades of purple, pink, blue, and white, adding a vivid tapestry to landscapes. Noteworthy varieties include the New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae) and the New York Aster (Symphyotrichum novi-belgii).

Asters are cherished for their versatility, thriving in various soil types and sunlight conditions. They make excellent additions to borders, cottage gardens, and wildflower meadows. Additionally, Asters attract pollinators like bees and butterflies, contributing to the overall biodiversity of the garden.

One of the standout features of Asters is their ability to extend the flowering season, providing a captivating display when many other plants are waning. Their resilience, coupled with the sheer variety within the genus, ensures there's an Aster for every garden, making them a beloved choice among gardeners seeking late-season brilliance and pollinator-friendly blooms

Common NameMichaelmas Daisy
Approx Height (10 yrs.)90-120 cm (36-48")
Soil TypeAll
Soil pHAcid, Neutral, Alkaline
Flowering TimeAutumn
Cut FlowerCut Flower
Plants for PollinatorsPlants for Pollinators
Bee FriendlyBee Friendly
Butterfly FriendlyButterfly Friendly
Flower ColourBlue, Purple
Plant TypeHerbaceous
A lovely range of late flowering 'Michaelmas Daisies' whose ability to resist mildew, which so often blights many of these beautiful plants, makes them well worth growing. This one has large dark purple flowers. Height and spread 1m (3-4')

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Aster novae-angliae 'Helen Picton'
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