Asters are in the daisy family and flower mostly in late summer and autumn, which gives them their common name Michaelmas daisy. Asters are ideal for growing in mixed borders, with grasses and other prairie-type perennials.
Asters are a great transition plant, bridging the seasons from summer to autumn. The bright, daisy-like flowers make a colourful splash and provide a rich source of nectar and pollen for late-flying insects, and many varieties make good cut flowers.
In botanical terms there are two main types of Asters, north American and European. Most North American species come under the name of Symphyotrichum or Eurybia, but many people still refer to them as asters.
Asters are a great transition plant bridging the seasons from summer to autumn.