Category Archives: Aster

The Return of Aster ‘Peter Harrison’

I’m happy to welcome back this aster that I bought on a whim last summer. ‘Peter Harrison’ grows in a compact, bushy clump just loaded with lavender-pink flowers. This is a New York aster that grows about 15-18 inches tall … Continue reading

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Aster ‘Marie Ballard’

The aster growing season was cut short this year by a violent hailstorm that pummeled my flowers in late September. Before that storm, a new aster that I planted in the spring showed great promise. Aster novi-belgii ‘Marie Ballard’ has … Continue reading

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Aster ‘Peter Harrison’

Before Mother Nature pelted us with giant shards of ice in September, my asters were coming along nicely. A new cultivar I planted in May was aster (Aster novi belgii) ‘Peter Harrison’. I was impressed at how heavily the plant … Continue reading

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Perennial Barbershop

Last fall my ‘September Ruby’ Aster tried to take over a small village. It was brimming with blooms, but the plant grew over 5 feet tall, and I had to do some serious staking to keep it upright. This spring … Continue reading

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Aster ‘Purple Dome’

I love the color of Aster ‘Purple Dome’ even more than ‘Vibrant Dome’: This New England Aster grows 18-24 inches tall and blooms in September and October. Like ‘Vibrant Dome’ (which is a sport of ‘Purple Dome’) this aster grows … Continue reading

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Aster ‘Vibrant Dome’

I was scared away from perennial asters many years ago when the cultivars were more susceptible to the aster yellows disease. When I was looking for some tough replacement plants this spring, I decided it was about time I give … Continue reading

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Aster ‘September Ruby’

It’s a good thing that I planted Aster ‘September Ruby’ in the back of my flowerbed because it grew like gangbusters this summer. It’s supposed to reach 36 to 48 inches tall, but my plant topped out at over 5 … Continue reading

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Nice Aster

This is a great Aster for the fall garden. Aster x frikartii ‘Monch’ (24-36″) is sometimes listed as not reliably winter hardy in zones 5 and 6, but I’m in zone 5a and haven’t lost a plant yet. I’ve had … Continue reading

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