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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.
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.