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Late-Season Stars: Your Complete Aster Flower Guide
Wendy Helfenbaum
Released : Oct. 24, 2023

Asters glow brightly in your fall garden. Learn all you need to know them, including the best aster flower varieties, growing tips, and more.

Come fall, a surge of vibrant color is welcome in most gardens. Asters, true to their name’s meaning of “star” in the Greek language, are proven performers. They provide a gorgeous display of pink, purple, blue and white blossoms that perk up dreary beds. Some of these wildflowers are native to North America, and are readily available and easy to grow, making them a smart choice in any landscape.

Ranging from 1 to 6 feet tall and 1 to 4 feet wide, asters are popular because they are relatively free of problems and are also deer resistant, says Evan Davis Santi, president of Urban Plantscapes, which services the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and New York City areas. “They are related to sunflowers and chrysanthemums and have that same look if you examine the structure of the flower,” Evan says. Beyond offering gardeners stunning blooms, asters draw a flurry of wildlife to their symphony of color, adds Evan….

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Evan Davis Santi

Evan Davis Santi is the Founder and President of Urban Plantscapes LLC established in 2003. Evan has extensive experience in the artistry of designing, installing, and maintaining lush gardens. His work has been featured on the Park Ave Malls, HGTV, NBC’s Today Show, OpenHouse NYC, HousingWorks, Better Homes & Gardens, Birds & Blooms and many more.