Aster Plants (Seasonal)
About Aster Plants (Seasonal)
Asters are beautiful perennialsbut a few are annuals and biennials comprising 600 species of widely distributed flowering plants in the family Asteraceae. Asters are popular garden plants because of their showy flower heads and the availability of flowers in multiple colors.
Asters are the most common form grown by florists and gardeners and they have daisy-like or star-like flower heads (4-6" in diameter) with a yellow center on leafy, often tall, stems. Their colors vary from white to creamy yellow, pink, blue, red and purple. They do well in beds, borders or pots and are a favorite as cut flowers because of their longevity.
The Asters may be planted in a bed that shows off multiple blossom colors to create a bright, eye-catching display. Asters may also be used as borders or even as a vivid, colorful ground cover. Asters are often used in landscaping to decorate large, open areas.
Asters are oftentimes a prime target for birds, bees and butterflies because they are fragrant and colorful.Many species of Asters are drought resistant.Asters depend on insects to pollinate them. Some insects that take pollen from one plant to another include bees, butterflies, and flies.