Before I started working at Big Bloomers if you asked me what flower I would first think of for fall it certainly would have been and probably still is the asters.
We currently have in stock 18 different kinds of aster. Some are trailing, some are tall and gangly and some are low enough to be considered ground cover. They are all very lovely and I am always very appreciative that they stick around all summer (especially now that I live in the south where the summers can be particularly and gruesomely hot and humid) and grace us with their beauty when most everything else in the garden is just about giving up the ghost.
Like the chrysanthemums, I will list them by height or growth habit and use the cultivar or common name without the species when possible. No particular reason, I just think it is a bit less confusing not using all those Latin terms.
These five are the tallest. With the tallest two being September Ruby and Winston Churchill. Being 4’ and 3-4’ respectively.
Next is Lady in Black at 3’ tall.
Lady in Black
These next three are 2-1/2’ tall.
White Wood Aster
This next group are the intermediates. Starting at 2’ are
Evergreen aster is about 20” tall.
and the next three are all around 1-1/2’ tall.
Next according to height would be the 15”
Wood’s Light Blue
Professor Kippenburg is just a big shorter, topping out at 14”.
Snow Flurry is a diminutive little groundcover aster that I love just for the very simple fact that it would rather be dry than wet. Which I can do big time in my sand. This one tops out at 6”.
and last but not least in a class all by itself is our very own Aster carolinianus. This one is more of a viney, sprawling aster growing up to 10-12’ WHAT! Yes 10-12 feet. Its also fragrant to boot. Don’t cut this one back since it comes back on the old woody vines and gets longer and longer and longer and longer ha.
I thought this one deserved two pictures.