Aster novi-belgii ‘Winston S. Churchill’
Semi- Double, Rich carmine-red semi-double flowers with a bright golden button centre. A relatively flat flower with a double row of long narrow petals that ruffle up slightly. Aster novi-belgii ‘Winston S. Churchill’ has a greater mildew resistance than most other varieties.
Tough and easy grower
Most Aster plants are very neat, compact and low growing, and only gently spreading. However, of course there are some in the family that can grow a bit larger, and more aggressively. Aster novi-belgii is one of those that gets to a respectable size, and fast. Providing a blast of beautiful blooms to wherever it is planted in the first season, and an even more prolific show in the following years. Multiple plants can be used together if a greater spread or display is needed.
Asters are delightful used through an informal border in a garden bed, through a rockery, or in decorative pots.
Where to use in the garden
Plant in Full Sun to Part Shade, A tough, easy and frost hardy option.
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.
Growing: Aster novi-belgii ‘Winston S. Churchill’
– Height with flowers: Flowers are on 75cm stems.
– Width: 50cm. 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, 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.