This Nova Begi may become the Aster that ate Philadelphia. It is 5' across. Last fall I dug up the two outside edges of it and gifted those to neighbors and spread some around the other sides of the bed. This spring I again dug up the outside edges of it and took them to our regional swap. It was down to 2" wide after that. It is about 18" tall and stays that height.
followed from the rudbeckia discussion...I think we crossed on asters somewhere recently too...here's New England Asters, plants were started from seed from the wild. They top out around 6' and are unbelievable butterfly magnets in the month of September. They self-seed but valiant elimination can keep that in check.
That's a nice collection you have there stormyla.
They get so thick out there in the middle of Sept., I can stand on a concrete slab that borders some of the asters and take a 100 pictures of the butterflies & bees within a relatively short span of time. The goldenrods seem to be favored by wasps.
I like it. Need a new camera (I dropped my Nikon Coolpix) - with the damage from dropping it and the changes in technology, it's time. I would like a digital SLR, but can't afford that right now. I'm going to check out the Canon - maybe that's a good compromise for me.
I just cut all my streetside tall asters back and will cut them back once again before July 15th. After a few days they all put out side shoots at the cut point. Flowers are said to be smaller but more numerous.
In the wilder areas with the taller switch grass to lean on I let the tall asters reach full height.
Having just read that asters and goldenrods are 2 of the best plants to add for nectar in the fall garden I also added a few goldenrods ( love the photo of the 2 together in this thread) near the tall asters with native grasses; little bluestem and switch grass.
The grasses are host plants for the skippers so in the fall I have tons of skippers visiting the asters just like Jmorth mentioned in an earlier post. The plants are literally covered with bees, skippers, butterflies and beneficial insects in the fall.
Asters are one of my favorite plants but I've been disappointed a few times when I impulsively purchased a few unnamed filler asters that where clearly hybrids when not on insect would touch them. Pretty to look at but useless.
Does'nt matter what 'camera' you use to photograph insects or butterflies, ... you just need to make sure the "shutter-speed" is at 250 or higher in order to capture a clear photo of a 'moving' subject, (in bright-shade or full sun).
And a "macro setting" on the camera helps also :]