Aster ‘Orpheus’ is one of the richest and most beautifully coloured of all the Easter daisies.
As the petals are intense, deep. blue-purple.
Colour that rivets your eyes
So ‘Orpheus’ absolutely rivets your eyes in late summer & autumn because of the wonderful colour and dense mass of flowers.
Best of all, ‘Orpheus’ is naturally resistant to mildew, which was a real problem in some of the old original asters.
Consequently it provides an unbeatable garden show, as well as excellent cut flowers.
(See “Growing” section below for plant details and growing advice)
Where to use in the garden
Aster ‘Orpheus’ is a stunner woven into a mixed and informal garden.
It will thrive in rocky soil, shallow and poor soils or gravel gardens, as well as average garden loams.
As these conditions mimic the native Aster habitat.
Sadly Asters do not enjoy humid climates, but instead love an airy spot.
Growing: Aster ‘Orpheus’
– Height with flowers: Prolific heads of flowers on top of strong stems to a height of 80cm. approx. So there is no need to stake.
– Width: 50cm. diameter approx. spread. And Aster ‘Orpheus’ will form a dense clump that is largely weed proof.
– Position: Full Sun is usual, though ‘Orpheus’ will appreciate a little Part Shade in very hot areas. And it can certainly happily tolerate Part Shade, as long as it is well drained and airy. However it will not appreciate dank conditions.
Tough & easy to grow
– Soil: Well adapted to poorer, rocky or sandy soils and gravel, as well as normal garden loams. However ‘Orpheus’ is much better if grown a little lean and mean. And this also promotes better flowering. So do not over fertilize or make the soil too rich.
– Water-wise: Aster ‘Orpheus’ is not a thirsty prima donna. Instead she is a tough survivor. Average garden watering is more than enough. And it can resist periods of dry or minimal watering.
– Frost: Very frost hardy, even in severe frost areas to below -10C.
– Growth: Perennial groundcover, but not invasive. So the foliage stays as a low groundcover, until the tall flower stems rise in the summer.
– Care: Very easy, hardy, low maintenance plant. Only needing a shear to the socks to tidy up after flowering.
Obliging garden companion
– Beneficial to wildlife: The prolific flowers are great feed for bees, butterflies as well as other beneficial pollinators. As the flowers are rich in both pollen and nectar. Plus they come at a time of the year when other fresh flowers are hard to come by.
– Deer & Rabbit resistant: Although they are not totally immune, Asters are not high on the menu for rabbits and deer.
– Origin: Aster ‘Orpheus’ is a modern cultivar which has all the benefits of prolific blooming, outstanding beauty, hardiness, and disease resistance.