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Amazing Asters for a Late-Season Show

These bushy perennials soar through autumn with an abundance of blooms

‘Prince’ aster blooms with hundreds of small white and pink flowers. Photo: Jason Jorgensen

There is no reason to stop gardening in fall. With an amazing selection of beautiful fall-blooming and fall-foliage plants and with the soil still warm, fall is a great time to add new plants to your garden. Most of these late-blooming plants are just getting started in September and look great until late October and sometimes even November here in the Pacific Northwest. Some of my favorites at this time of year are asters, many of which have been reclassified into new genera. Symphyotrichum (that’s a tough one) and Eurybia are two new genera of many familiar species of asters that we all know and love. These genera of plants are great for late-season flowers and color. As a bonus, they are excellent late-season resources for beneficial pollinators and wildlife, especially birds. They are easily adaptable and look great in all styles of gardens from relaxed meadows to formal borders…

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