Asters are known as the finale of seasonal gardens, bringing vibrant autumn colors like yellow, orange and red as summer winds to a close. However, this lovely perennial also comes in shades of purple, pink, white and blue and is beloved by butterflies, bees, and other garden pollinators. Gardeners love them due to their beautiful blooms as well as all the wildlife they attract.
The aster’s name is derived from the Latin term for “star,” and indeed the beautiful aster is the star of the fall season. Some varieties can grow as tall as 6 feet. Its broad, showy flower dazzles in rich autumn shades as well as vibrant lavenders and pinks.
Rich, Vibrant and Robust
Aster classifications include New England and New York varieties as well as other North American types like calico, heath, smooth, wood and aromatic. However, the two main types are New England and New York. These types of asters are very similar and somewhat hard to tell apart; the main difference is that the New England variety grows a bit taller – around three to four feet – and its stem is thick and has hairy leaves as well as dense, full flowers. The New York aster generally grows a bit shorter and has smooth leaves and a thinner stem.
Asters grow best in full sun and rich, well-drained soil. Trimming them in early summer can lead to more blooms in autumn. Overall, asters are easy to maintain, and can also remain beautiful for weeks when kept hydrated in a cut bouquet. If you’re looking for a symphony of color in your garden, home or as a gift for loved ones, asters always send a message of joy and hope.
Bold and Beautiful
A Bold and Beautiful bouquet is sure to make spirits rise. Its rich, basic primary colors bring zest and enthusiasm to any space, from a dining room to an office or a hospital room. This arrangement blends asters with Asiatic lilies, gerbera daisies, roses, Kermit button poms, seeded eucalyptus, and more. This arrangement is also available in three different sizes.
Asters are known for their uplifting energy, and a Get Well Bouquet features asters along with beautiful roses and stargazer lilies along with a silverplated “Get Well” tag in a vibrant orange glass vase.
Asters beautifully honor the end of summer and usher in the bounty of fall. Consider these home décor and gift ideas featuring the aster, and contact Breen’s Florist to place your order.