Aster ‘Blue Gown’
Aster ‘Blue Gown’ is a beautiful recent introduction.
Heads of flowers in delicate shades of blue steal all hearts in late summer and autumn.
And best of all, newly developed ‘Blue Gown’ is naturally resistant to mildew, which was a real problem in some of the old original asters.
So Aster ‘Blue Gown’ combines rude health, hardiness, with a delicate beauty.
It provides an outstanding 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 ‘Blue Gown’ is lovely woven into a mixed and informal garden.
It willthrive in rocky soil, shallow and poor soils or gravel gardens, as well as average garden loams.
As these conditions mimic the native habitat.
Sadly they do not enjoy humid climates, but instead love an airy spot.
Growing: Aster ‘Blue Gown’
– Height with flowers: Prolific heads of flowers on top of strong stems. So there is no need to stake.
– Width: 50cm. diameter approx. spread. And Aster ‘Blue Gown’ will form a dense clump that is largely weed proof.
– Position: Full Sun is usual, though “Blue Gown’ 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 it 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 ‘Blue Gown’ 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.
– Care: Very easy, hardy, low maintenance plants only needing a shear to the socks to tidy up after flowering.
– 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 ‘Blue Gown’ is a modern cultivar which has been specially developed for prolific blooming, beauty, hardiness, and disease resistance.