Name: aster, Michaelmas daisy, Easter daisy, Aster var.
Height: typically 20–80cm, with some varieties growing to 1.2m tall.
Foliage: green linear to lance-shaped leaves.
Climate: southern parts of Australia.
Soil: well-drained soil that is moist in the growing season.
Position: full sun.
Flowering: most flower in late summer or autumn.
Feeding: yearly feeding in spring with a complete fertiliser and compost.
Watering: twice-weekly watering in summer, and weekly in winter.
Aster plants have big heads of small to medium-sized daisy flowers in colours of white, mauve, pink and lavender blue, most with petals radiating out from a central yellow disc.
Stems on the taller varieties need staking, as the weight of the flowers can make the flower stem sprawl along the ground.
Aster plants look fabulous grown in flowering borders, pots and garden beds.
Aster plants are frost-tolerant. Some species die down in winter in cool climates, but remain as low ground covers in warmer areas.
Aster plants must have a sunny, airy position to stop mildew, which can be a problem in humid conditions.
While aster plants prefer moist, fertile soil, they will tolerate occasional dry periods.
Aster can be divided in winter:
The most common disease affecting aster is powdery mildew or Botrytis (grey mould). If this occurs, spray with a fungicide and put all prunings into the bin after the winter cut-back.
Salvia “Wendy’s Wish”: tall and wide bush with spikes of magenta flowers for most of the year.
Chrysanthemum: the perfect flowering companion for salvias.
Daffodil: as your mums finish for the year, your daffodils will start to fill the gaps, giving you a wonderful seasonal change.
Check out our huge range of plants now and get your garden growing!
Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.
When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.