Position: Full sun
Hardiness: Fully hardy
Soil: Most soils with good drainage
Height & Spread: 90cm x 50cm
Flowering Month: Aug, Sep
I love this Aster, I never seem to have any issues with it, which is quite something as Asters can be prone to mildew, but never, not this one! There was a time when gardens were wound down for winter from August onwards, but with so many plants from the prairies of North America, such as Echinaceas, Rudbeckias, Asters and Heleniums, there really is no need to be without colour through to October, even early November. Asters are such useful plants in the garden and in particular, wildlife gardens, they do a great job at attracting late season insects such as bees and especially butterflies. Speaking of Rudbeckias, if you want a partner for Aster ‘Monch’, then you must consider ‘Goldsturm.’ It might be seen in quite a few places together, but as a combination I really don’t know if there is anything better, with the blazing golden yellow of the Rudbeckia being cooled slightly by the soft mauve of frikaartii Monch, and yet, at the same time, being picked up by the yellow centre. A fabulous plant darling!