‘Climax’ is one of the oldest novi-belgii cultivars in the collection. It was introduced in 1906 by Edwin Beckett, who was the head gardener for the Hon. Vicary Gibbs, at Aldenham in Hertfordshire.
‘Beauty of Colwall’ was raised by Ernest Ballard in 1905. He entered his plant in a 1907 trial of “asters” held by the RHS. Over 300 named varieties were grown and ‘Beauty of Colwall’ was the only one to receive a “First Class Certificate”.