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Aster


Aster selections

Aster

Asters get their name from the Latin word for "star," and their flowers are indeed the superstars of the fall garden. Some types of this native plant can reach up to 6 feet with flowers in white and pinks but also, perhaps most strikingly, in rich purples and showy lavenders.

Not all asters are fall bloomers. Extend the season by growing some of the summer bloomers, as well. Some are naturally compact; tall types that grow more than 2 feet tall benefit from staking or an early-season pinching or cutting back by about one-third in July or so to keep the plant more compact.

Light:
Sun
Zones:
3-9
Plant Type:
Perennial
Plant Height:
1-5 feet tall
Plant Width:
1-4 feet wide
Landscape Uses:
Containers,Beds & Borders
Special Features:
Flowers,Cut Flowers,Attracts Butterflies,Drought Tolerant,Easy to Grow
Top Varieties

Aster novae-angliae 'Alma Potschke' blooms from August to frost with red-violet daisies on a plant 4 feet tall. Zones 4-8
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Aster lateriflorus is a 2- to 3-foot-tall mounded, shrubby plant with pinkish-white daisies in September and October. Zones 4-8
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Aster novi-belgii 'Fellowship' has clear pink daisy flowers on plants that reach 3 feet tall. Zones 4-8
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Aster novae-angliae 'Hella Lacy' grows 3 feet tall and features clear purple flowers from midsummer through fall. Zones 4-8
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Aster x frikartii 'Monch' forms a tidy mound 2 feet tall and wide with lavender-blue semidouble daisylike flowers from June to September. Zones 5-8
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Aster novae-angliae 'Purple Dome' grows only 18 inches tall and has bright purple flowers in September and October. Zones 4-8
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Aster x alpellus 'Triumph' is a petite summer bloomer, reaching only 1 foot tall. Its compact form is ideal for the front of the border or container gardens. Zones 4-9
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Aster x frikartii 'Wonder of Staffa' is similar to 'Monch', but grows 28 inches tall and has paler blue blooms. Zones 5-8
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Plant It With
Boltonia

Snowbank boltonia looks like a larger version of aster. It is a closely related cousin. Its pure-white daisy blooms team beautifully with pink or purple fall-blooming asters.

Russian sage

The lavender spires of Russian sage blooms create a nice contrast to the mounded plant form of asters. Color coordinate with either purple or pink asters for a showstopping sunny late-summer border.

Sedum

Tall sedums such as 'Autumn Joy' come into their glory at the same time as fall-blooming asters. Their mounds of rosy blooms on succulent blue-green foliage are perfect partners for mounds of asters.

Propagation
Division
Leaf Cuttings