Aster Works Well in Partial Sun or Sun.

Part of the You Can Learn Landscaping and Gardening series.
By Ken Brown
September 22, 2007

The Aster is a prolific late summer bloomer showing its flowers at a time when other plants and flowers are going to seed. There are many different varieties of this native North American perennial.

Asters require minimal care. Keep them watered with an inch of water each week. If you want to produce more flowers in September you can pinch the top of the plant in July. There are tall varieties that will flop over and you may want to stake them.

Share Your Asters with Friends and Family

You can share them with your friends and family. Every 2 to 3 years in early spring divide the clumps and the Aster will provide many wonderful views. They do spread easily and you may want to control the spread of the plant.

Provide a location for the Aster that contains well drained soil. They are hardy enough to grow anywhere. You can fertilize them in early spring then keep them watered as needed.

Depending on the variety you choose, the Aster is small enough to plant in your small rock garden or large enough to plant behind your ConeFlowers for your large flower garden. Be sure and read the label for the variety you choose from your local landscape and garden shop.

Perennial Sun or Partial Sun
Attracts butterflies Grows in most any well drained soil
Grows to 1 to 4 feet high Grows up to 4 feet wide
Flowers from Late Summer through September Colors of Blue, Purple and Pink

Click on Aster photo to see larger photo.
The Aster is a wonderful fall flower blooming at the time when other plants are going to seed.
Aster Perennial

Flowers of the Aster are glorious in sun or partial shade.
The Aster plant works well as a full sun plant or partial sun.
Flowers of the Aster Perennial

The Late Summer Blooms of the Aster Will Thrill

Place Aster in well drained soil and watch the late summer blooms thrill. The Aster is a hardy plant that can survive in sun or partial sun. I have seen it do okay even in full shade, but I would not recommend it for that location. There is a number of varieties and they come in shades of blue, purple and pink. They can require an area up to 4 feet wide for the larger varieties and can grow from 1 foot to 4 feet tall.

I hope you enjoy your Aster and it provides you with a Fall color of joy.

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