at Digging Dog
We never tire of Aster’s cheerful daisy
faces and the profusion of colors and sizes that make
up this genus, from 6 ft. giants to tiny dwarf
alpines. Our Asters, large and small, are tried and true
performers in ordinary garden soil and full sun.
Generally late summer bloomers, they provide lots
of oomph when other perennials have petered out.
FTD should get to know this perky, rarely seen
Aster, and so should you. Buds form early and fool
us into thinking they’re about to bloom,
but they wait until the plant reaches full height. When
it does, a mass of blue-violet on erect, wiry, wine
red stems leaves us breathless. Try planting Teucrium
f. ‘Azureum’ in front and
Molinia ‘Windspiel’ as a backdrop.
When flowering ends, we find the stems and seed heads
of Aster cordifolius so delightful, we leave them on for
Blooms August–early October.
Size: 4'–5' high x 2' wide; hardy to zone 4.
Aster cordifolius (P-0022)
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