Aster amellus 'King George'
Common Name: Aster
Cultivar: 'King George'
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Long flowering period
|Hardiness: Hardy||Height: 0.60 m (60 cm)|
|Sun/Shade: Full sun||Spread: 0.50 m (50 cm)|
|Foliage Type: Deciduous||Flower Colour: Blue, Gold, Purple, Yellow|
|Foliage Colour: Green||Flowering Period: August to October|
Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained
For a long period throughout summer and autumn this sturdy neat plant is smothered with large rich purple-blue flowerheads that have golden yellow centres. These showy flowers can grow to at least 6cm across so really put on a spectacular display. One of the best and most reliable Asters, this cultivar has a good resistance to mildew. Ideal for adding late colour to the garden it mixes well with other late flowering perennials such as Rudbeckias, Achilleas and Echinaceas. They also blend well with ornamental grasses for prairie style planting schemes.
- Garden care: 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.
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