Get your garden on high alert with the Alert Dwarf Aster (Aster novi-belgii 'Alert')! Big bold magenta pink blooms have golden yellow centers that look like they've been kissed by the sun! So deep pink they can look red in the garden! The double blooms just beg to be planted front and center in your landscape and planters!
What would Autumn be without that eye-catching color? This standout plant delivers real visual impact with a high contrast of bright yellow eyes against blooms of outstanding rouge! Be thrilled with the number of butterflies and pollinators that absolutely smother this cute little plant before their long yearly migration South. They'll really appreciate your foresight in providing a late-season nectar source.
Hardy throughout USDA growing zones 4 through 9, these are more heat tolerant than other Asters. But still keeping all the cold-hardiness and low maintenance needs as the carefree native cousins. Deer won't even bother them often either!
Don't worry - this Aster won't get all leggy on you, as it's been carefully selected to stay small. Neat and tidy mounds look fantastic added to existing gardens and to clean up the edges of pathways, along the driveway or a sidewalk. Ring your mailbox or a garden urn with vibrant color and dress up a tired summer garden with fresh color that erupts when everything else is calling it quits for the year!
In the landscape, these are light and airy ornamental perennials to add late-season edging and front garden border color! Adding mounded round form and small size that is more than made up for by the brilliant color! Add to cottage borders and anywhere in the sun garden, perennial border or container gardens! Just one or two of these plants turns any garden into a pollinator garden! Pot up onto your porch and patio, around seating areas and anywhere you want a front row seat to the pollinator show!
Super easy care when grown in moist, these herbaceous perennials prefer well-drained soil and full sun. Plant Alert where your hose can reach it, as it prefers moist soil and a healthy bed of mulch to keep its roots cool and hydrated. This Aster doesn't like to dry out in the summer heat. Pinching back the stem tips in late spring and early summer will produce denser growth and heavier blooming. This plant may be divided every few years in the spring.
Go on high alert this fall with the eye-popping color of the space-saving Alert Dwarf Aster from NatureHills.com today! The butterflies will thank you, thank you, thank you!
Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.
Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!
Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.
Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.
|Young Plants to 18 Months|
|2"x2"x3"||Ranges from||.18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume|
|4.5" Container||Equal to||.65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume|
|Sprinter Pot||Equal to||.63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume|
|4" Container||Ranges from||.31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume|
|6" Container||Equal to||1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume|
|1 Quart||Equal to||1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume|
|5.5" Container||Equal to||1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x5"||Ranges from||.8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x6"||Ranges from||1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x9"||Ranges from||1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x10"||Ranges from||1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old|
|2 Quart||Equal to||2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume|
|#1 Container||Ranges from||2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume|
|5"x5"x12"||Equal to||3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 2 - 4 Years Old|
|#2 Container||Ranges from||1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume|
|#3 Container||Ranges from||2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 3 - 5 Years Old|
|#5 Container||Ranges from||2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume|
|#6 Container||Ranges from||5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume|
|#7 Container||Ranges from||5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume|
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|Brand||Nature Hills' Choice|
|Botanical Name||Aster novi-belgii 'Alert'|
|Mature Height||12 - 15 inches|
|Mature Spread||15 - 18 inches|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun|
|Flower Color||Dark Magenta/Crimson Red|
|Pruning Time||Early Spring|