aster

Along with mums and salvias, Asters are the swan song of late season flowering color in the garden. There is a wide array of flower color and size as well as plant height. Asters are also easy to grow!

Asters belong to one of the largest, most diverse flowering plant families, Asteraceae. They have evolved to utilize insects and wind for extremely efficient pollination and seed dispersal. (Just think of the dandelion!) Asters are native throughout the globe with nearly fifty species native to the Pacific Northwest. In an effort to narrow this vast family, this article will focus on perennial species commonly used in the garden.

Taller varieties are wonderful cut flowers and combine well with ornamental grasses, golden rod (Solidago) and roses that make good hips (such as R. rugosa). Shorter varieties provide mounds of bright color in containers and boarder edging. They combine well with ornamental cabbage and kale, oregano 'Kent Beauty' and low evergreen shrubs such as heather (Erica).

Featured species:

Aster dummosus: New York Aster

Compact plants growing 12-24" tall and wide. They are hybrids of A. nova-belgi, and often referenced under that species name. Great for the front border and containers. Hardy in zones 4-8.

Varieties include:

Aster 'Professor Kippenburg'

Aster dummosus: ‘Professor Kippenburg’

Lavender-blue flowers and bright gold centers.

Grows 12-24" tall and 24"wide

Aster 'Woods Blue'

Aster dummosus: 'Woods Blue' or 'Woods Pink'

Lavender blue or rich pink flowers with bright yellow centers

Grows 12-16" tall 16" wide

Excellent mildew and rust resistance

Aster 'Prince'

Aster lateriflorus 'Prince'

Fantastic burgundy foliages contrasts with small white flowers with pink centers

Grows 2-3' tall 18"wide

Hardy in zones 4-8

aster x frikartii 'moench'

Aster x frikartii ‘Moench’: Fricartii Aster

A very long blooming aster (summer to fall) with large lavender flowers.

Grows to 24” tall and 12-20” wide

Light: full to partial sun

Water: regular water.

Zone 4-9.

Aster nova-angliae: New England Aster

This group includes tall, showy cultivars perfect for the back of the border or weaved in among shrubs. They are native to northeastern damp meadows. The cluster blooms show off.. Bloom time: August through September. Fabulous cut flowers. Hardy to zone 4.

Some favorite varieties include:

aster 'alma potschke'

Aster nova-angliae: ‘Alma Potschke’

A show stopper with hot pink thread-like petals on tall 4’ stems.

New England Aster 'Purple Dome' (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae) (5651136965)

Aster nova-angliae: ‘Purple Dome’

A compact grower to 18-24” high & wide

Royal purple, semi-double blooms are complimented by bronzy bracts

Hardy in zones 4-8

This one pairs beautifully with ornamental grasses such as Carex testacea and Pennisetum ‘Moudry’.

Aster novi-belgii: New York Aster, Michaelmas Daisy

These asters are similar to their New England cousins but shorter with smooth toothed leaves. Most commonly found available with other fall color plants such as mums. 18-24" tall and wide. Hardy to zones 3-9. Perfect in containers

Varieties include:

Henri I

Double light blue flowers 12-18" tall

Marie III

Dark pink double flowers

aster 'alma potschke'

Aster pringlei ‘Monte Casino’

Clouds of tiny white flowers set this aster apart. The airy texture of this plant makes it the perfect filler in the garden or vase.

Grows 3’ high and wide

Hardy in zones 5-9.

Find the Best Perennials for your Garden

We have a wonderful selection of perennials year round, but if you are looking for a specific perennial we will have the best selection when it is in bloom around town. Note: Native plant pages will take you into the Native Plant section.

Perennials

Actaea: Bugbane

Natives

Native Actaea: Bugbane

Perennials

Agastache: Hyssop

Perennials

Anemone: Windflower

Perennials

Aquilegia: Columbine

Natives

Native Aquilegia: Columbine

Perennials

Artemisia

Natives

Asarum: Wild Ginger

Natives

Asclepias: Milkweed

Perennials

Aster

Perennials

Astilbe: False Spirea

Perennials

Bellium: Miniature Daisy

Perennials

Bergenia: Pigsqueak

Perennials

Brunnera: Bugloss

Perennials

Canna Lily

Natives

Camassia: Camas

Perennials

Chrysanthemum

Perennials

Coreopsis: Tickweed

Perennials

Corydalis

Perennials

Cyclamen

Bulbs

Dahlia

Bulbs

Delosperma: Ice Plant

Perennials

Delphinium: Larkspur

Perennials

Dianthus: Carnation

Perennials

Dicentra: Bleeding Heart

Natives

Dodecatheon: Shooting Star

Perennials

Echinacea: Coneflower

Perennials

Epimedium

Natives

Erigeron: Fleabane

Natives

Eriophyllum: Oregon Sunshine

Perennials

Erodium: Alpine Geranium

Perennials

Eupatorium: Joe-Pye Weed

Perennials

Euphorbia: Spurge

Natives

Fragaria: Wild Strawberry

Bulbs

Fritillaria

Perennials

Hardy Fuchsia

Perennials

Hardy Geranium

Perennials

Geum: Avens

Perennials

Helenium: Sneezeweed

Perennials

Hellebore

Perennials

Hellebore: Gold Collection

Perennials

Hellebore: Winter Jewel

Perennials

Heuchera: Coral Bells

Perennials

Hosta: Plantain Lily

Perennials

Iberis: Candytuft

Bulbs

Iris

Natives

Native Iris

Perennials

Kniphofia: Red Hot Poker

Perennials

Leptinella

Perennials

Leucanthemum: Shasta Daisy

Natives

Lewisia: Bitterroot

Perennials

Ligularia

Perennials

Monarda: Bee Balm

Perennials

Moss

Bulbs

Narcissus: Daffodil

Perennials

Paeonia: Peony

Perennials

Papaver: Poppy

Perennials

Parahebe

Natives

Penstemon: Beard Tongue

Perennials

Perovskia: Russian Sage

Perennials

Primula: Primrose

Perennials

Rudbeckia: Black-eyed Susan

Perennials

Salvia

Perennials

Santolina: Lavender Cotton

Perennials

Sedum

Perennials

Evergreen Sedum

Natives

Native Sedum: Stonecrop

Perennials

Sempervivum: Hen & Chicks

Natives

Sidalcea: Checker Mallow

Natives

Sisyrinchium

Blue-eyed Grass
Natives

Solidago: Goldenrod

Natives

Synthyris: Native Figwort

Perennials

Top Shade Perennials

Perennials

Top Sun Perennials

Perennials

Tricyrtis: Toad Lily

Natives

Trillium: Wake Robin

Bulbs

Tulip

Natives

Vancouveria: Inside-out Flower

Perennials

Vinca: Periwinkle

Perennials

Viola: Violet

Natives

Native Viola: Violet

Perennials

Zantedeschia: Calla Lily