Aster alpinus ‘Goliath’ (Syn. Symphyotrichum)
Vivid colour from a tough little gem
Lilac-blue double daisies are produced in late spring and early summer, as well as some repeats in autumn.
The name ‘Goliath comes because the flowers are very large in comparison to the size of the plant, and in comparison to other Alpine Asters..
‘Goliath’. has wonderfully vivid lilac-blue petals set off by large yellow daisy centres so for a dwarf plant it really packs a punch.
A gentle groundcover & pretty edger
The plants are very neat, compact and low growing, and only gently spreading. So they make 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, in a rockery, or decorative pots.
Where to use in the garden
Plant in Full Sun to Part Shade.
Alpine Asters love to be well drained, and thrive in rocky soil, shallow and poor soils or gravel gardens, because of the conditions in their native habitats. They also enjoy wind, and being well aired. Sadly they do not enjoy humid climates.
Perfect amongst rocks
Members of the Alpine Aster family are to be found covering rocky slopes if you happen to be wandering in mountain ranges in Europe. They are spectacular in the Pyrenees and the Alps mountain ranges. Other North American members of the family will be spotted amongst the rocks in Colorado and Wyoming. Both of these American states are well noted for extreme climates and hard conditions. So Alpine Asters are well adapted to conditions that are dry in the summer and very cold in winter. Some of the extended family cousins are also native to Asian mountain ranges.
Tough & easy little groundcover
As a plant of rocky mountain slopes, Alpine Asters are very frost hardy to well below -10C, as well as being able to withstand periods of dry and harsh light.
Alpine Asters are not particularly thirsty plants, though of course they will do better with regular water if it is available. They are rated as resistant to periods of drought once established.
Maintenance is very low, with really nothing to do aside from an occasional water.
Alpina Asters respond best when kept on the lean side, so heavy or frequent feeding is never required. 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.
– 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. An airy, open position is preferred.
– Soil: Well adapted to poorer, rocky or sandy soils and gravel gardens.
– Fragrance: None.
– Frost: Very frost hardy, even in severe frost areas to below -10C.
– Growth: Very low, slowly spreading, perennial groundcover. Never invasive.
– Beneficial to wildlife: Attract bees and butterflies to feed on the nectar.
– Care: Very easy, hardy, low maintenance plants.
– Deer & Rabbit resistant: Although they are not totally immune, Alpine Asters are not high on the menu for rabbits and deer.
– Origin: Most are native to mountain ranges in Europe, with some outriders of the family North America and even Asia.