Saturday, October 09, 2010

October: Aster-kissing

Asters, asters, everywhere! Next Thursday I will try to get pictures of the carpets of asters in bloom at the Morton Arboretum. I am also working up the nerve to rehome some asters growing wild on a vacant lot down the street. In the meantime, I will just enjoy the ones in my own yard...

I was told this is heartleaf aster (Symphyotrichum cordifolium) but the leaves are more like arrowleaf aster (S. urophyllum). Whatever it is, I was also told it belongs in shade. I'm thinking that's not entirely correct since this is all it's accomplished in two years.
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A fuschia S. novae-angliae passalong...
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...and a purple one my grandma gave me.
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The sky blue asters, S. oolentangiense, always look like lovely lavender clouds.
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A pink NOID native whose tag is long lost...
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and a white one. Both from Prairie Nursery many years ago. Not shown is the S. ericoides, heath aster, which is already done for the season. :(
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And remember, greyhounds are an important part of any fall garden!
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7 comments:

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

Yes, greyhounds always complement the autumn landscape. I wonder if your NOID ex-Aster is a lateriflorus? I love them all, but the fuschia S. novae-angliae steals the show.

garden girl said...

Beautiful asters Diane. You've got a nice, diverse collection of them.

Gardeningbren said...

Yes, a really nice collection and they all look so healthy and bright. Great color in the fall landscape, enhanced and overseen by your Greyhound.

rambleonrose said...

Love all the asters! I never get sick of them and want to add more here.

Shawna Lee Coronado said...

Totally beautiful!!

Shawna

Rose said...

Beautiful asters, Diane! The pink one is really an eye-catcher. I agree, too, that everyone needs a guard-en dog:) Sorry, just couldn't resist the awful pun.

Monica the Garden Faerie said...

I don't know how I missed so many of your posts! Bad, bad Monica! The only bit of useless info I can contribute about asters that like shade is that this actually true for the native bigleaf aster (Eurybia macrophylla).