Aster novi-belgii Patricia Ballard description
Semi double, cerise pink flowers with a yellow eye in the late summer and into the autumn until the heavy frosts come.
A pollinator friendly plant including bees.
This is a butterfly friendly plant.
Good for wildlife in general.
How easy is it to grow:
This is best in the middle of a border with space around it. If it is planted in a spot that doesn’t get too dry or waterlogged, it grows well and is fairly easy, but if those requirements aren’t met then it looks a poor old thing. It can grow in heavy or clay soils.
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Common name: Patricia Ballard Autumn Aster, Patricia Ballard Michaelmas Daisy or Patricia Ballard New York Aster.
Also known as: Symphyotrichum novi-belgii ‘Patricia Ballard’ (d)
The best position in the garden:
What type of soil:
Any reasonable soil. Tolerates clay soil.
How much moisture:
Normal, resents dry soil or being too wet.
Hardiness and, or, lifespan:
Care and maintenance:
When newly planted always keep it watered until the roots have grown down and it is able to find its own moisture.
Can get Powdery Mildew so don’t allow other plants to crowd in upon it – cut off any affected leaves.
Trim hard after flowering has finished.
Size of plant:
Height 60 cm.
Spread 70 cm.
Planting density – to calculate how many plants are required in a planting scheme:
Allow 2 plants per square metre.
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