Pink and Purple Asters in Autumn

Did you pinch back your asters this summer? If so, they are probably just beginning to bloom. (If not…like me…they may be almost done!)

Asters are amazing.¬†From Stokes’ Aster’s summer blooms to the late-summer-to-fall bloom of New England Asters, Wild Asters, etc., these little flowers put on quite the show in our perennial gardens. With blooms most often ranging from white to pinks to deep purple, they are popular with pollinators and bring a bit of spring color into fall gardens.

The clumps increase in size each year and are easy to dig and divide. You may even get self-seeding! Here are a few of the colors that show up in my garden, most from plants purchased at our NSVMGA GardenFest Master Gardener plant sale. The upper-right “Peachie’s Pick” Stokes’ Aster (Stokesia laevis), a gift from a loved one, is a mid-summer stunner. I also love the frilly pinks as they open their blooms. The dark purple is a favorite of migrating painted ladies.



Do you have any asters in your garden?

*** This site is comprised solely of the opinions of its author, Stacey Morgan Smith. She works to promote gardening and tourism in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, from Roanoke to the Potomac River.***

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