Symphyotrichum novi-belgii 'Patricia Ballard'

9cm pot £6.99
available to order from summer
3 × 9cm pots £20.97 £18.00
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Buy Symphyotrichum novi-belgii 'Patricia Ballard' Michaelmas daisy: Robust and early into flower

This perennial dies back to below ground level each year in autumn, then fresh new growth appears again in spring.

  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: well-cultivated, fertile, moist soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: August to October
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    A strong growing New York aster that rarely succumbs to mildew, but does produce a dazzling display of bright mauve-pink daisies (which can be near-singles to semi-doubles) in late summer and autumn. The flowers are attractive to bees and the resulting seedheads can attract birds, so this is a gem for wildlife-friendly schemes. It will be equally at home in cottage garden borders, or more naturalistic planting schemes where it will associate well with ornamental grasses.

  • Garden care: Stake with bamboo canes or brushwood in early spring. Water regularly during dry spells and deadhead 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. Seedlings rarely come true to the parent plant, but 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. Lift and divide clumps every 2-4 years.

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I got three 9cm pots to combine with penstemon garnet and circium rivulare in our bumblebee garden. It is the first time I am growing this aster but I expect success as all the other asters we grow are very happy. Certainly one of the prettier ones.




Supurb show


Supurb show throughout the summer but time will tell if there will be a repeat performance the following year

Harry b




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My Michaelmas daisies have been suffering from a severe powdery mildew which is spreading across the border. The growth has been strong with plant support, watered using timed drip irrigation, but it is losing almost all of its leaves on the bottom half. Is there anything I could do to stop the fungus spreading? Should I cut back all of the affected foliage?

Roy F

Hello, most of the older asters are prone to powdery mildew, but the breeders are now introducing new varieties that show better resistance. If yours has succumbed, but the plants are well established, it generally does not cause significant harm, but it can look pretty awful. It is a fungal disease, so you can spray your plants with a spray with a systemic fungicide (ideally at the first signs of attack) although you could also use this spray as a preventative measure. If you want to take an organic approach, then make sure the plants are kept well watered and there is good air circulation around the crown. In autumn, you should also remove all the dead leaves to prevent the spores from over wintering.


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