I've not grown Aster before, more fool me. This is 'Little Carlow' and what a star. There's somewhere around three trillion (I counted) buds yet to burst open with their lavender bluey loveliness and, no mildew anywhere. Result.
It's flopping over the iron railings which is just fine by me. Flop all it wants on that side, I've supported it with twiggy bits on the other as it was menacing a Panicum 'Squaw' which, by the way, are also looking really good, but that's for another day.
I planted three Aster x frikartii 'Monch' in a new bit of garden I'm putting together. They'll take it dry, flower even earlier and have big ol' blooms. Should look beautiful next year.