7' tall??? You gotta be kidding! I never knew they could get that big. They're both so lovely Al.
I only started one type from seed for this year to see if I'd like them in the garden and sure enough, I do!
September Ruby, which I started from seed and also self sows a bit, is gorgeous with New England (blue-violet) in front of it, and the silvery plumes of flame grass behind it, and purple zinnia still in bloom and goldstrum for a cheery accent...Next year I will make a special fall bed with all of these together...
I have a dark foliaged aster from Heronswood - wonder if it would grow from seed like Sept Ruby. I will send seed to one lucky person if they want to give it a try.
I really need to do some rearranging. I have Wood's Pink & Wood's Purple (3 of each). the pink was advertised (yeah, I know, don't believe everything you read) as 8-12" and the purple as 12-14" so I planted the pink in front. not only is the pink much larger, it blooms later, so the purple is swallowed up altogether.
Al, would this be something I would move in the spring?
Yankee man--beautiful asters, which is what I always expect from you no matter the flower, but you're gonna have to wait a month or a month and and a half to see mine. I got a whole bed of them. ;)
DJ of the south
Heck no, I want all the colors,,,LOL Didn't think it would be on one plant. I'll be watching for those seeds next year when I get to the store.
I did get a very nice surprise. Last summer someone sent me a Candy Lily in a trade. Threw it in and didn't think much of it. This year it put out 3 different colored tiny lilies. Yellow, orange and a reddish color.
It's hard to wait for them, but it's Well worth it when they are blooming while everything else is starting to go to sleep. Other than that, mine just keep growing a nice mound of green and then suddenly one day you wake up and that nice green mound is starting to show Lovely color. I will need to get more Asters next year. Now that I have kept this one alive for 2 years, I'm pretty safe.
That is a beautiful photo of the New England Aster. I thought I would try one of these plants just for the heck of it last spring. It is not as big as your plant but the blooms are all over in the same fashion.
Thanks to the good people of Illinois for giving us this native plant...
Chuck, again, I think I need Asters!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have so much "green" in my front yard,and admit i am not a blue flower fan (Williamsburg,VA to blame for that) but if there is pink, red and yellow ... i am in! when do I plant and how do they fair /fare with mums?
dmj - the asters spread too vigorously for us so we put them on a huge mound of turf taken from creating the vegetable garden many years ago. Now they can't escape and people think they're seeing 8' tall asters as they drive by. Many have stopped and asked what the huge blue "bush" is.
My Alma has grown pretty steady, I did divide it last fall and some in the spring also. It did seem to have some dieing woody center that might have benefitted from division You should give some to old man Hall.
Finally, some aster action starting on the natives in the deep south (so deep we've had record-breaking heat the last 2 days) so obviously this plant is daylength related and not temp related. This is Symphyotrichum oblongifolium or aster oblongfolius and its native to Texas North to Montana and east to New York and down the eastern seaboard into Ala, Miss, and over to Arkansas. Zones 4-9; height 24", width 2'-3'. Just starting to break here.
Here's the "aster patch"--should look really good in about a week.
Al, you might recognize that terra cotta colored gallon pot on the far left. That's the sparkler--he's been enjoying full sun now for about 2-3 weeks. Looks really good...he's going in the ground in a week or so--as soon as I get some other 'chores' taken care of.
I'm definitely not the sort of person that believes everything I see--but amazing difference in the number of blooms from this morning to this afternoon. I guess once they make up their mind to finally bloom down here--they bloom! This "aster patch" should be a solid carpet by Monday...
Sparkler is still in the pot and I didn't put it out into the sun until 2-3 weeks ago. I'm gonna give it a mild 8-8-8 tonight and see if I can't coax it into a late bloom.
I thought 'October Skies' was the cultivar name they sell oblongfolium under these days...in which case that's what I have. Its a great plant for down here, puts up with full sun, 100% humidity, and over-abundant water since its right under 2 small cypress trees and about 25' from my Louisiana Iris bed. It just seems like you have to wait forever on it.
I've got a few other late autumn surprises yet to flower for the year; I'll post them when it happens. Mainly a "cuphea hedge" that will look like a 'hedge of candy corn candy' about Halloween. Trick or treat? ;)
Here's a contribution to your thread Al--they are finally popping pretty good--guess this weekend will be the best. Was rainy Monday and Tuesday...think that slowed them down a bit. Here's the aster patch.
I really like that look! I think I might find some pink granite pieces to go around mine. Great idea there Tammy! I guess I could research the native pink aster question and post. I just like the natives better down here because the non-native are as invasive as the chrysanthemums. I guess its because we have such a long growing season. These have expanded in size but not moved or come up away from their original location.
I think I might need to look at plant combinations a little better next year. Here's a different one for you: native asters, native lantana, zinnias, a clerondendrum ugandense shrub (the lower half of it anyway), and a bunch of pots...what was I thinkin'?
jjpm - that is a very pretty shot, very enjoyable.
happy - I am going to generalize and say the purple ones are shorter than the pink ones. I had decent success having one grow through a peony ring.
I saw a nice commercial property with asters, not really that common - most of those are stella'd out. I didn't poke around, but probably Purple Dome or Prof Kip, the perovskia is planted a lot now in those settings too.
I have been scrounging around for a pic to scan, but can't find one. I have one in my film camera right now, but a lotta good that does. IMO, a REALLY good short, spreading (but not underground) one is Aster 'Snow Flurries'. 6 inches high or so, spreads to about 2+ feet. Will even drape over a retaining wall. Completely covered with tiny white flowers now. Has a billowy effect, rather than just a flattish mound. I'll post a pic when I can.
My native asters along the sidewalk strip are blooming nicely now. I am deadheading intensely now and would like to know how long I can continue to deadhead and still get seeds forming for the birds? Lovely pics from all.
Paws - that's a good start, yes they will spread so more room is better - or divide and give away too, easier to find homes for than a lot of things.
Have you had echinacea/coreopsis before? You know it might not make a difference, but they don't like the wetness too much - maybe experiment?
Debbie - I think we have your winter here now - damp and mid 40's, still some nice days to come tho.
Very nice, pirl (I thought of you and your cartons when I wrote it).
Al, I've had those plants in an extremely different environment - western CO. I've got good drainage, and no summer water once everyone is established. I just hope they don't rot, even with the good drainage.
Aster ericoides 'Snow Flurries'. Originally came from Roots & Rhizomes. Sorry about the poor resolution. Flowers are very typically aster. So thick you can hardly tell it is draping over a short retaining wall.
Also : Hylotelephium 'Herbstfreude' (Autumn Joy)