Aster novi-belgii Little Pink Beauty (Michaelmas Daisy) 1l

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Michaelmas Daisy

Aster 'Little Pink Beauty' is a low-maintenance hardy perennial, perfect for injecting autumn colour into borders and pots.

Also known as asters, this fabulous Symphyotrichum 'Little Pink Beauty' is part of the Island Series and will illuminate beds, borders and containers with vibrant, fresh colour from mid-summer right through to the end of autumn with its continuous flowers. These lovely pink blooms also act as a real butterfly magnet. This dwarf aster grows to a neat and compact height of just 40cm, making it the ideal late-season colour option for pots or the front of the border. Fully hardy and very easy to grow, this resilient little beauty will put on a great show in virtually any garden. What's more, it'll return for a repeat performance year after year. Beginning flowering slightly earlier than traditional asters, the sturdy, upright stems each bear several flowers which open in succession from July onwards, providing a particularly long season of interest.

This compact aster is the perfect choice for growing in smaller spaces where it will put on a great show of colour during autumn.

Key Features

Plant Type: Herbaceous

Hardiness: H6 Hardy. Minimum temperature -20 to -15

Plant Height & Spread (at maturity): H 40cm x W 40cm (Mature age: 2 years)

Foliage Colour: Green

Flower Colour: Pink

Fragrant Flower: No

Aromatic Foliage: No

RHS Award of Garden Merit: No

RHS Perfect for Pollinators: No

Foliage Type: Deciduous

Soil Type: Chalky, Clay, Loam, Sandy, Acid, Alkaline

Soil Drainage: Moist but Well Drained

Light Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade

Planting Style: Cottage Garden, Informal Garden, Flower Beds & Borders, Containers, Cutting Garden.

Season of Interest: Autumn, Summer

Flowering (from - to): July-October

Plant Care & Advice

Michaelmas Daisies grow best in a sunny spot and in soil that is moist but well drained. When planting in the ground add well rotted manure or garden compost to the soil along with a handful of general fertiliser to give your plant the best start.

Use a loam based compost such as John Innes No3 when planting in containers. Water new plants twice a week in dry weather until established and those in containers more frequently. Plants in containers should be fed once a week with a suitable liquid feed through summer.

Add a handful of general fertiliser to the soil around plants in the ground once a year in late spring and top up the soil with mulch of garden compost or rotted manure. Faded flowers can be removed as need be to encourage fresh ones and the whole plant can be cut back to the ground in late spring once the new leaves are seen.