The Asters are an excellent transition plant, connecting the summer and fall seasons. Aster means “star” in Greek. They belong to the daisy family and are distinguished by their starburst arrangement of brilliant petals that usually surround a yellow center. Therefore, planting Asters in the garden, when in full bloom, the blooms are small yet plentiful, giving the plants the appearance of being “all color.”
Common names: Asters, New England asters, frost flowers
Botanical name: Symphyotrichum spp.
Plant type: Herbaceous, perennial
Hardiness zones: 3 - 8 (USDA)
Mature size: 1 - 6 ft. tall, 1 - 4 ft. wide
Bloom time: Summer, fall
Native area: North America