Aster alpinus ‘Pinkie’
Vivid pink double daisies are produced in late spring and early summer, Aster alpinus ‘Pinkie’ also produces some repeats in autumn. The double rows of pink petals are set off by large yellow daisy centres.
Alpine Asters make a big impression for such a dwarf plant.
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. 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.
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 mountain slopes.
They are not particularly thirsty plants, although of course they will do better with regular water if it is available.
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 ‘Pinkie’
– 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.
– 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 in North America and even Asia.