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Aster Magic Purple: A Gardener’s Guide and Plant Profile

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Learn about fall-blooming Aster Magic Purple in this gardener’s guide of these beautiful flowers, including plant care, companion plants, and more.

Three purple Aster 'Magic Purple' flowers

Aster ‘Magic Purple’ in a container in our backyard.


We think you need aster ‘Magic Purple’ in your garden, and we’ll tell you why. It’s purple, it blooms in the early fall, and provides relief for pollinators after their massive supplies of pollen and nectar run at the end of summer.

Really, what more could you ask for from a plant?

These asters (Aster novi-belgii), aka Michealmas daisies or New York asters prefer cooler weather

Perfect for fall-planted borders, containers, or mass plantings, these delightful flowers will provide pops of color and interest throughout your garden.

In this Aster ‘Magic Purple’ plant profile, you’ll learn about this aster cultivar, with companion planting ideas and basic plant care.


Aster ‘Magic Purple’ Quick Plant Care Facts

Sun ExposureThrives in full sun, but can tolerate partial sun.
Water NeedsNeeds regular watering.
Soil NeedsPrefers well draining nutrient rich soil.
Cold-Hardiness ZonesUSDA hardiness zones 4 to 8.
Bloom Time Flowers from late summer to late fall.
Flower ColorsWhite, cream, blue, lavender, purple, rose, and pink.
Mature Height/WidthGrows from less than 1 foot up to 4 feet tall and up to 3 feet wide, depending on cultivar.
Plant SpacingSpace each plant anywhere from 18 inches to 30 inches apart, depending specific cultivars


Check out this flower growing sequence that we posted on our Instagram account!

aster magic purple flowering progression

The various growth stages of an aster ‘Magic Purple’ flower from our Instagram page.


Common Landscape Uses for Aster ‘Magic Purple’

These beautiful plants can be designed into your landscape in so many ways, including:

  • Fall-blooming borders in mass plantings
  • In containers tucked in with other fall-bloomers
  • Used in rock gardens
  • Planted in wildflower gardens
  • Used in pollinator and butterfly gardens


Aster ‘Magic Purple’ Companion Plants

‘Magic Purple’ asters are ready to be friends with many other beautiful plants in your garden beds or containers. They really should be planted in the spring well after they’ve finished flowering in the fall, but if you must plant them in summer or fall, think about companions that would complement their color, size, or texture.

Consider pairing asters with other late summer or fall bloomers as long as they all have similar plant care needs.

Companion plants to consider:

  • Chrysanthemums, aka hardy mums
  • Milkweeds, like Swamp milkweed, etc.
  • Goldenrod (But, be careful because it can take over your garden)
  • Black-eyed Susans
  • Lavender (many bloom into the fall, plus, more purple!)
  • and many more!


Aster Flowers Conclusion 

So, there you have it. ‘Magic Purple’ asters deserve a home in your fall garden for so many reasons. And, who doesn’t love purple flowers?

Keep them loved, watered, and well-cared for and they’ll return year after year to grace your garden with their presence.

Now we want to hear from you!

What other questions do you have about asters that we didn’t answer above? Let us know by leaving a quick comment below. Thanks!



Want to learn about other plants in your garden? Check out some of our previous plant profiles:


See you in the garden!

~ Sean and Allison


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Learn about fall-blooming Aster ‘Magic Purple’ flowers in this gardener’s guide of these beautiful perennials, including plant care, companion plants, and more.



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HELLO AND WELCOME! We are Sean and Allison of Spoken Garden. With combined backgrounds in horticulture, gardening, landscape, and teaching, we hope to educate and inspire you.

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