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