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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.
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