Michaelmas Daisy, KICKIN Asters
Zn 5 - 9
This superb introduction will amaze you with its performance. It forms a sizable mound of finely textured green foliage and is completely smothered with carmine-red, daisy-like blooms with a golden centre from late summer well into mid-fall. Not many plants will bring this much colour and pizzazz to your garden this late in the season. Deer resistant. Loved by butterflies. Easy to grow in a sunny, well-drained location. Perfect for your fall containers. HEIGHT: 50-60 cm SPREAD: 60-90 cm
Hardy Asters are excellent ornamentals for the late summer and fall garden. They prefer a sunny location with well-draining soil but will also tolerate partial shade. Although not completely drought tolerant their water requirements are average. Most varieties are long flowering and will re-bloom if cut back hard after the first bloom is complete. (Weather permitting.) Hardy Asters are excellent for cutting and also are very attractive to butterflies.
These easy-to-grow, profuse bloomers are not used nearly enough by gardeners.
1 gallon container size
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