When it comes to fall flowers, asters are hard to beat. Asters are a hardy group of easy to grow plants requiring no special care. Asters flower from late sumer and continue right through to frost and snow. There is also such a wide selection of cultivars to choose from that every height and color is available. If you want your fall gardening to stand out and burst with fresh color, you really must include some asters in your plantings of fall flowers.
Over the years I have tried many different cultivars of the flower aster and naturally a few have become favorites. I look for plants that are reliable year after year, free of pests, long blooming and easy care.
Aster x frikartii ‘Monch’
This is a real work horse. Forming a bushy mound of light green leaves with branching stems of lavender blue daisy like flowers. About 21/2 feet tall and wide it easily grows in full sun. It shows well in borders, massed plantings and containers. Blooming from mid summer through fall this aster is rabbit proof and attracts butterflies.
Aster novae-angliae ‘Purple Dome’
Hardy to zone 2 this plant forms bushy mounds loaded with small vibrant purple daisy like blooms with yellow centers. A medium height aster blooming from early fall to frost. Prefers full sun with adequate moisture, can be grown in the border or in containers. Attracts butterflies and good as a cut flower.
Aster ericoides ‘Pink Cloud’
A zone 3 aster suitable for full sun and tolerant of dry soils. Forms a bushy mound of tiny leaves and masses of light pink daisies for weeks. Makes an excellent cut flower.
Aster cordifolius ‘Cape Cod’
An extremely hardy plant of medium height amassed in tiny white daisy type flowers. When mature a clump of this daisy can substitute for a shrub in the border.
Aster novi-belgii ‘Professor Anton Kippenberg’
At about 18 inches tall this aster bears beautiful blue daisy flowers with yellow eyes from late summer to late fall. It has a nicely mounded form with foliage remaining dense right to the ground. Prefers adequate moisture and is deer resistant.