Aster ‘Ruby Buttons’
Heads of double flowers with the most beautiful, intense, ruby-red colour.
Aster ‘Ruby Buttons’ is a brilliant performer.
So it provides a great garden display from late Summer through Autumn.
Plus long lasting cut flowers for the vase.
(See “Growing” section below for plant details & growing advice).
Tough and easy grower
Aster ‘Ruby Buttons’ gets to a respectable size, and fast.
So it will provide a blast of beautiful blooms in the first season.
And an even more prolific show in the following years.
Multiple plants can also be used together if a greater spread or display is needed.
Where to use in the garden
Asters are delightful woven through an informal garden bed, or in decorative pots.
Because they bloom vividly when many other flowers are tired and exhausted after the heat of summer.
Plant in Full Sun to Part Shade, A tough, easy and frost hardy option.
Asters love to be well drained, and thrive in rocky soil, shallow and poor soils or gravel gardens. These conditions mimic their native habitats. They also enjoy wind, and being well aired. Sadly they do not enjoy humid climates.
Growing: Aster ‘Ruby Buttons’
– Height with flowers: Strong, upright flower stems to 100cm approx. So ‘Ruby Buttons’ does not need any staking.
– Width: Makes a dense clump to a diameter of 60cm. approx.
– Position: Full Sun, though it will appreciate Part Shade in very hot areas. So ‘Ruby Buttons’ can tolerate some shade as long as it is well aired and dry. And it does not enjoy summer humidity.
Hardy & easy to grow
– Soil: Well adapted to poorer, rocky or sandy soils and gravel gardens.
– Frost: Asters are very frost hardy, even in severe frost areas to below -10C.
– Growth: Very low, slowly spreading, perennial groundcover.
Not invasive. And if they spread where you don’t want them, they are relatively easy to dig out.
– Care: Asters are easy, hardy, low maintenance plants.
Because all they need is a shear back to the ground after flowering.
Good garden companions
– Beneficial to wildlife: Asters give a deluge of flowers, which are rich in nectar and pollen. So they are very attractive to bees, butterflies and other beneficial pollinators.
– Deer & Rabbit resistant: Asters are not high on the menu for rabbits and deer, although they are not totally immune if the creatures are starving.
– Origin: Most Asters are native to Europe, though there are also some outriders of the family in North America and even Asia. So this widespread habitat accounts for their easy and obliging nature.