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Try something a little different and plant China aster. It's an easy-to-grow annual that's unbeatable for cutting. Its large, 3- to 5-inch, flowers are often mistaken for asters or mums and come in a gorgeous array of pinks, purples, reds, and whites with interesting flower forms, including quill-like petals.
Plant established seedlings outdoors after all danger of frost has passed. It blooms best for most gardeners in spring and fall, though gardeners in cool-summer areas can enjoy it all summer. It needs rich, well-drained soil and moderate water. Fertilize regularly. Deadheading doesn't encourage more blooms in China aster.
Patterned coral bell foliage looks great against just about everything, especially China aster's round, daisy-shape flowers.Marguerite Daisy
Cool-season marguerite daisy is a perfect complement to China aster with its similar texture and form, but larger range of bloom colors.Fountaingrass
Create visual excitement by mixing red fountaingrass with China aster. (And enjoy the fountaingrass' texture all summer, before the China aster kicks in.)