Native perennial asters, such as the New England species, spread vigorously via roots and self-sowing. At season’s end, they form copious quantities of cottony seed heads that you can collect, to save and sow in a new location next year, or share with friends. Learn when and how to gather native aster seeds now.
The alpine aster is a low-profile, cold-weather perennial for USDA hardiness zones 4 to 7. It’s an early-blooming species that flowers from late spring through early summer. Perfectly suited to rock gardens, its flowers are pink, purple, or white. Learn how to grow and care for alpine aster, here on Gardener’s Path.
Say goodbye to blah autumn gardens, and hello to curb appeal, with a mass planting of cheerful New England aster. This bright purple flower is a favorite of butterflies and blooms until frost, returning vigorously each year. Learn all about this easy-to-grow perennial, right here on Gardener’s Path.