Symphyotrichum novae-angliae 'Harrington's Pink'
Michaelmas daisy Aster
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: well-cultivated, fertile, moist soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: August to October
- Flower colour: pink
- Other features: lance-shaped, mid-green leaves
- Hardiness: fully hardy
From late summer to mid autumn, sturdy stems that are clothed with hairy green leaves, are topped with large clusters of clear pink flower heads. This hardy cultivar shows a good resistance to mildew and looks particularly effective when planted in bold swathes towards the back of a herbaceous border.
- Garden care: Stake with bamboo canes or brushwood in early spring. Water regularly during dry spells and deadhead regularly to prolong flowering. After flowering cut the flowered stems to the ground and apply a generous mulch of well-rotted garden compost or horse manure around the base of the plant.
Asters are one of the easiest plants to take cuttings from. All you need to do is pull away sideshoots that have already rooted. These can then be potted up individually or planted directly in to the garden.
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