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Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful aspects of autumn is the sight of autumn asters in the garden. They can be seen in such a variety of colors that they also adorn public spaces and parks. On the other hand, this time of year is no longer covered with too many flowers and plants that bloom beautifully, so perhaps they are so registered.
In the garden you can find the aster of the daisy family. These varieties are frequently represented:
- Pillow buttons (Aster dumosus)
- Smooth-leaf aster (Aster novi-belgii)
- Symphyotrichum Novae-Angliae (Aster novae-angliae)
The name of the aster probably refers to the derivation of astrum back, which means "star". The radial arrangement of the flowers allows for this assumption.
Tip: For plants, make sure that there are single and perennial asters.
Depending on their variety, there are also asters that bloom in early summer and those that then impress in the subsequent period with colorful flowers. With different aster species, the garden can be colorfully planted almost all year round. The autumn asters in our gardens can be used as seeds early or seeded as biennial plants. The small asters that are available for the window boxes and flower pots only last until they have withered.
Autumn is high season for asters
Tip: Asters are popular approach destinations for bees and wasps in autumn.
From early September to November asters bloom in many colors. Although many different varieties and color games are available, asters all have the same demands on their location:
- fresh and nutrient-rich soil
- sunny location
- even moisture of the soil
- depending on the height they should be supported
- Water evenly before the bloom
Some of them have to be tied because of the height of growth, others are lower and therefore more stable. Since at this time of the year most of the flowering plants have already withered, the asters are a very special point of view in the garden. In terms of color, they are also available in great variety as well as in the size of the flower. Most people also include the chrysanthemums among the asters.
The right partners in the flowerbed are, for example, ornamental sage, catnip or the lamp cleaner grass. Grasses can be the beautiful companion of autumn by the appearance of asters.
Sow autumnal branches
When the first seed bags are laid out in stores in the spring, the gardener should decide on the preferred variety at an early stage. If you would like to see a colorful flower carpet in the garden all year round, you can place the respective varieties with their different flowering times in such a way that a perpetual color circle is available. The seeds for the asters can be placed in the flower bed for perennial varieties. If you want, you can of course prefer potty. But you need sufficient space, because from a bag of seed many small plants. These first need a warm and sheltered place. Since they are sown in spring, it could also be very cold again.
If the plants are in the garden, they can grow and thrive in the right place. For this, the soil must be kept well moist, it should also be rich in nutrients. If autumn is chosen for planting, it should be done so early that the young plants have enough time to form roots.
Cut autumnal branches
Asters are a colorful splash of color in the garden, but you can also put them very nice in a suitable vase, put in a mixed bouquet or put into arrangements. Certainly the gardener can not always resist when he sees the beautiful flowers. But cutting always promotes the new drive and so can be made with the cut right back for a fresh start. If asters are not cut, they get long stems and few flowers. A pruning also ensures the branching of the plant and thus more flowers. If she does not drive out after flowering, she should be cut back at ground level.
Sharing the autumnal branches
Perennial plants can become too large over time and then form in the middle no longer sufficiently beautiful flowers. Above all, the Herbstaster with low growth, also called Kissenaster, is affected. It was to be dug up in spring, split up and put back in other places. This does the plant good and provides again for a new growth spurt. Tip: By division give the neighbor an offshoot.
Wintering the asters
When hibernating the asters, there are many tips and just as many testimonials.Maybe everyone has a different experience based on their location.Basically you can protect asters by not cutting from the cold. Especially young plants can be protected, in addition, the root area can be protected by compost or soil. An alternative to hibernation would be pruning and subsequently covering with fir branches or a thick layer of leaves. Incidentally, early snow is more blessing to the plants in the garden than harm. Snow warms in a certain way, whereas an icy cold wind not only causes the plant parts to freeze but also to dry out.
Worth knowing about autumn asters soon
As the days start to get shorter and the summer flowers start to lose their flowering power, the gardens of the autumn asters begin to bloom. Because of their late splendor, they are the most popular of all aster species, they set yet once again colorful accents around the house. Even bees and butterflies are gratefully accepted as the only source of food at this time of the year. With their bright flower stars, they want to make us forget that the garden year is coming to an end soon. The autumn masters: the farewell to the summer! - But asters can also please us throughout the year:
- Spring easter welcome the garden year from May. Summer asters are ideal bedding plants and bloom from July throughout the summer. The popular Herbstaster closes the round and flowers into October.
- Most asters love the sun and a nutritious, loose garden soil and are basically uncomplicated plants - but unfortunately vulnerable to aster's wilt.
- If you let the leaves hang on a hot day, healthy flowers will recover very quickly after watering.
- However, if they remain so miserable, they may be affected by this fungal disease. The flowers die - a change of location must be considered!
Asters leave nothing to be desired, because hardly a flower appears in as diverse a garment as they. Sometimes they slip into the dress of the daisies, sometimes into the chrysanthemums, the margarites or the dahlias. They amaze us with their copies and inspire us with sheer infinite variety of colors, exuberant flower abundance and extraordinary biodiversity. Within this large aster family, there are many different forms: from the perennial dwarf pillow for the rock garden to the two-meter-high splendor specimen, they offer limitless uses.
- As perennials, they bring color into the beds, frame discounts as flower cushions,
- As an annual, they decorate bowls, pots and boxes, put colorful blobs in the garden and fill in any gaps.
- As an eye-catcher, planted directly on the garden fence, you even achieve a little "farm garden character" with them.
In addition to the division into the dwarf and high-growing genera aster is also distinguished due to their different leaf texture between smooth-leaf and Raublattastern. Unfortunately, they perennialise as perennials from below. To mitigate this, you have to spoil them in the spring with plenty of compost, possibly share the shrub with a spade and grapple, and cut back after flowering vigorously. But this little weakness they are wonderful with another plus: They are excellent as cut flowers and can easily 10 to 14 days in the vase.