11 of the Best Blue Asters to Add to the Garden

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Asters are transitional flowers that bloom from summer to fall. There’s an array to choose from that includes dwarf and tall, as well as annual and perennial types, best known for their multiple daisy-like blossoms that attract a host of beneficial pollinators. Read on to find 11 of our favorite blue varieties now.

21 Tips for Managing Perennial Asters in the Garden

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Perennial asters are vigorous plants that spread readily via self-sowing and extensive root systems. They have a clumping growth habit and masses of tiny, daisy-like blossoms. Colors include blue, pink, purple, and white. Read on to discover 21 tips for managing their aggressive nature and enjoying them in your yard.

How to Harvest Sunflower Seeds

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Are you growing sunflowers and wondering when and how you should harvest them to enjoy your own fresh sunflower seeds? In this guide, you’ll learn all the top tips on when and how to harvest delicious, nutritious, homegrown sunflower seeds. Plus, we include instructions for roasting and recipe ideas. Read more now.

11 of the Best Pink Aster Varieties

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If you want to add a touch of pink to your landscape, vigorous asters bring swaths of color, texture, and vertical interest to summer and fall gardens. Discover 11 outstanding varieties, from ballerina pink to sizzling magenta, you’re sure to find your new favorites for beds, borders, containers, and carefree meadows.

When and How to Divide Perennial Asters

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Perennial asters have daisy-like flowers and readily naturalize in the garden through self-sowing and an extensive root system. By dividing perennial asters you can keep them under control, growing vigorously, and enjoy them in other areas of the garden. Learn when and how to divide asters with our guide. Read more now.

How to Grow Blackfoot Daisy

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If you are looking for a drought-tolerant flower that blooms profusely from early spring to late fall, consider blackfoot daisy, the heat-loving American native that’s not picky about soil and is resistant to pests, deer, and diseases. You will love its cheerful white flowers and low, rounded form. Read more now.

How to Grow Black-Eyed Susans, a Garden Favorite

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For a cheery splash of daisy-like flowers that attract butterflies and bees, consider adding black-eyed susan to your landscape. You’ll be rewarded with masses of blooms that do well in a variety of soils and conditions. Pollinators love it, and you’ll find plenty of other benefits to this lovely flower in our feature.

How to Harvest Feverfew

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Feverfew, with its long history of use as a medicinal herb, has recently made a comeback in modern gardens. You’ll enjoy its therapeutic properties, particularly as a remedy for migraines, as well as its attractive daisy-like flowers. To learn how to harvest and use this powerful plant, read more now.

When and How to Save Native Perennial Aster Seeds

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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.

How to Plant and Grow the Glorious Marigold

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The bold marigold has gracefully taken a step back as the market for new and exotic flowers expands at a wild rate. That’s a shame. This tough, colorful, and pest-resistant flower readily produces nonstop blooms, and it brings with it a host of benefits for your garden. Think twice before you pass up these darlings the next time you’re stocking up for the season. Our closer look at the marigold that will leave you ready and waiting to plant your own – read more now on Gardener’s Path.

Cozy Up with Chamomile: Growing and Harvesting a Classic

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Of all the plants in my garden, chamomile offers the most return on my investment. It is a vigorous and problem-free plant that produces a spray of beautiful flowers that can immediately be harvested to make a tasty tea. Gardener’s Path has all of the information you need to know about growing this fine addition in your own garden. Read on to learn more!

Dusty Miller: A Plant That Really Shines

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An old-timey species with a name to match, dusty miller (Jacobaea maritima) is as easygoing as plants come. Dependable and attractive foliage adds value to the garden, and it is virtually pest free. Read all about it on Gardener’s Path to see what makes this silvery plant a must-have option for any outdoor space.