Aster Lady In Black Ground Cover
Aster novi-belgii Lady In Black (Michaelmas Daisy)
This unusual Michaelmas Daisy is named after its very dark purple-green foliage, a perfect backdrop for the sprays of white flowers, each with a pink button like centre, held on sturdy purple flushed stems. A great plant for late season colour, they come into their own from August onwards as many other perennials start to fade and are popular late season flowers for pollinating insects.
Any good garden soil in sun or partial shade.
As a rough guide planting Aster Lady In Black as ground cover – 4 plants per square metre is adequate with a little patience, 6 will give better coverage and 9-12 will make a weed supressing carpet very quickly.
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How to grow Aster Lady In Black
Position: Full sun, partial shade.
Foliage: Semi evergeen Herbaceous perennial, foliage dies down in late Autumn, fresh new foliage emerges in Spring.
Soil and site: Moist soil, poorly drained, bog gardens, next to ponds.
Flowering time: August-October
Growth rate: Moderate
Ultimate height and spread: 90cm x 50cm
Hardiness: Fully Hardy
Aftercare: Water regularly after planting and through the first season until established. Cut down to ground level in late Autumn.