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Aromatic Aster

Aster oblongifolius ‘October Skies’

Aster

Michaelmas Daisies

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 many perennials have petered out.

<i>Aster oblongifolius</i> ‘October Skies’

Named for the copious, fine rayed, sunny-centered daisies, mirroring the azure atmosphere of a New England fall day, this Aster was also selected for its tidy short stature and easygoing, stalwart disposition. Small, narrow green leaves emit a light scent when handled and form a low, close-knit bushy mound that withstands dry, rocky or sandy soil. While the species is one of the last wildflowers to bloom in the eastern U.S., ‘October Skies’s lavender-blue flowers maintain their good looks after an early frost, lend jaunty accents to bouquets and beckon the butterflies.

Blooms September–October

Size: 18" high x 18" – 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

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The shorter days and cooler nights of November kindle tantalizing fall color when we include a medley of both evergreen and deciduous woody plants coupled with herbaceous perennials and ornamental grasses. Thankfully, once fall settles in, most of us have less gardening chores and more time for leisurely strolls through our leafy sanctuaries. The plants included in this newsletter offer either late season blooms, captivating leaves or artful branching patterns plus beguiling late season oomph! We hope you’ll consider digging some of them into your garden. 

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