Aster alpinus ‘Dark Beauty’
Deep violet-blue daisies sit proudly above dense green foliage.
Aster alpinus ‘Dark Beauty’ gives a profusion of beautifully simple flowers, with yellow button centres.
And a dainty and joyful plant to be enjoyed year after year.
(Scroll down to “Growing” section for plant & growing details).
A gentle groundcover & pretty edger
Aster alpinus ‘Dark Beauty’ is very neat, compact and low growing, and only gently spreading.
So it makes a perfect groundcover for small gardens.
Multiple plants can be used together if a greater spread is needed.
Alpine Asters are delightful used as a front edge in a garden bed, under taller plants, or in decorative pots.
Where to use in the garden
Plant in Full Sun to Part Shade.
They thrive in rocky soil, shallow and poor soils, or gravel gardens. These conditions mimic their native habitats. Sadly they do not enjoy humid climates but love an open, airy spot.
Tough & easy little groundcover
Alpine Asters are very frost hardy to well below -10C, as well as being able to withstand periods of dry and harsh light, because they are plants of rocky slopes.
They are not particularly thirsty plants, though of course they will do better with regular water if it is available.
Plant under roses
Maintenance is very low, with really nothing to do aside from an occasional water.
They are able to tolerate soil pH on both the acid or the alkaline lime side of neutral.
If you can grow roses, you can grow Alpine Asters.
And they do make lovely underplanting for roses.
Growing: Aster alpinus ‘Dark Beauty’
– Height with flowers: Flowers are on 20cm stems, while the foliage is flat to the ground.
– Width: 30cm. approx. spread.
– Position: Full Sun, though will appreciate Part Shade in very hot areas.
– Soil: Well adapted to poorer, rocky or sandy soils and gravel gardens.
– Water-wise: Aster alpinus is not a thirsty plant. Normal average garden watering is ample.
– Fragrance: None.
– Frost: Very frost hardy, even in severe frost areas to below -10C.
– Growth: Very low, slowly spreading, perennial groundcover but never invasive.
– Beneficial to wildlife: Attractive to bees, butterflies as well as other beneficial pollinators.
– Care: Very easy, hardy, low maintenance plants only needing a tidy up after flowering.
– Deer & Rabbit resistant: Although they are not totally immune, Alpine Asters are not high on the menu for rabbits and deer.
– Origin: Most Asters are native to mountain ranges in Europe, with some outriders of the family North America and even Asia.