Aster 'Bahamas' has bright pink daisy-like flowers that bring late-season colour to the garden from summer to autumn.
Symphyotrichum 'Bahamas', is one of the Island Series of dwarf Michaelmas daisies, also known as asters. This compact variety is ideal for growing in containers or at the front of a sunny border where it will provide a fabulous colour hit between mid-summer and autumn. Flowering earlier than traditional asters, 'Bahamas' produces continuous flowers throughout the season for extended colour interest. This cottage-garden favourite is a welcome site in the garden just as other summer plants are beginning to fade, not only providing colour but also attracting bees and butterflies. The plants are stocky and upright, becoming smothered in rosy pink daisy-like blooms with yellow centres. This hardy clump-forming perennial is easy to grow and will return for a repeat show of colour from July onwards every year, each time producing a slightly larger group. The lovely bright flowers on sturdy stems are also excellent material for use as cut flowers in late-season posies.
This resilient plant offers a strong performance in virtually all situations.
Plant Type: Herbaceous
Hardiness: H6 Hardy. Minimum temperature -20 to -15
Plant Height & Spread (at maturity): H 60cm x W 50cm (Mature age: 2 years)
Foliage Colour: Green
Flower Colour: Pink
Fragrant Flower: No
Aromatic Foliage: No
RHS Award of Garden Merit: No
RHS Perfect for Pollinators: No
Foliage Type: Deciduous
Soil Type: Chalky, Clay, Sandy, Loam, Acid, Alkaline
Soil Drainage: Moist but Well Drained
Light Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade
Planting Style: Cottage Garden, Informal Garden, Flower Beds & Borders, Containers, Cutting Garden.
Season of Interest: Autumn, Summer
Flowering (from - to): July-October
Michaelmas Daisies grow best in a sunny spot and in soil that is moist but well drained. When planting in the ground add well rotted manure or garden compost to the soil along with a handful of general fertiliser to give your plant the best start.
Use a loam based compost such as John Innes No3 when planting in containers. Water new plants twice a week in dry weather until established and those in containers more frequently. Plants in containers should be fed once a week with a suitable liquid feed through summer.
Add a handful of general fertiliser to the soil around plants in the ground once a year in late spring and top up the soil with mulch of garden compost or rotted manure. Faded flowers can be removed as need be to encourage fresh ones and the whole plant can be cut back to the ground in late spring once the new leaves are seen.