(Floralee Mother Fern, Mother Fern)
This bright green fern is identical to its parent species except that it’s more cold hardy, and may be grown at the low end of its zone rating. The parent is native to New Zealand and Australia and is called mother fern because young plantlets form along the fronds, detach over time (or early if disturbed), fall to the ground and root, eventually forming colonies. Plantlets are genetically identical to the mother plant. This is a symmetrical open center fern with long fronds that become weighted...
Mother fern is an evergreen or semi-evergreen in its native Australia and New Zealand habitats. It has long, finely divided fronds slightly over an arm's length-long. Young plantlets form along its midrib that drop off and can be easily transplanted. It can form large colonies from these either in the ground, upon fallen logs, inbetween stones or on large tree roots.
Mother fern needs a moist and friable soil with organic matter. Bright indirect light and an acidic soil is ideal for this plant....
(Aster, Daydream Aster)
This stunning hybrid aster displays a profusion of cool, lavender-blue daisies atop strong, compact plants that will not collapse after heavy rains or irrigation. In cooler weather, the flowers fade to paler blue around the bright yellow centers, creating an appealing “halo” effect. They bloom in late summer to early fall, and are attractive to bees and butterflies.
Provide this perennial with full to part sun and moist, fertile, well-drained soil. As with other asters, ‘Daydream’ is excellent...
(Aster, Melody Hardy Aster)
This patented hybrid aster cools the late summer to early fall garden with a profusion of semi-double, lavender-blue daisies. The yellow-centered blossoms are borne atop strong, tidy, vigorous clumps of fine, deep green foliage, and are attractive to bees and butterflies.
Grow this lovely perennial in full to part sun and moderately moist, fertile, well-drained soil. If desired, plants may be divided in spring every few years. The smaller size of ‘Melody’ makes it an excellent choice for...
(Aster, Pink Magic Aster)
One of several dwarf fall-blooming asters developed for the greenhouse and florist trade by Yoder Brothers, Inc., Pink Magic™ bears numerous bright pink, semi-double daisies on compact, upright stems. It originated as a mutation of Aster 'Yomagic.'
The yellow-centered, magenta-pink blossoms of this hardy perennial are complemented by dark green, lance-shaped foliage, and are highly attractive to butterflies and other small, pollinating insects. Containerized plants have a dense rounded habit;...
(Aster, Pixie Dark Aster)
Clouds of small burgundy-purple "daisies" engulf this bushy, hardy perennial late in the gardening season.
This hybrid aster forms dense clumps of knee-high stems furnished with narrow, needle-like, mildew-resistant leaves. The petite, yellow-eyed blossoms envelop the foliage from late summer into fall, attracting bees and butterflies. Plants are fertile and seedlings may not be true to type.
Provide this perennial with ample sunlight and moderately moist, fertile, well-drained soil. Pinch...
(Aster, Ballad Aster)
Rich violet-blue flowers, compact size, strong growth and good resistance to powdery mildew combine to make ‘Yoballad’ an outstanding perennial for late-season garden color. Marketed under the name Ballad™, this Yoder Brothers, Inc. introduction resulted from a cross between Aster ‘Professor Kippenburg’ and an unknown cultivar. Its vivid, yellow-centered daisies are borne on low, spreading, well-branched plants in very late summer to early fall, and are highly attractive to bees and butterflies.
(Aster, Believer Hardy Aster)
This beautiful aster decorates the garden with low, broad drifts of rich, deep purple daisies in very late summer to early autumn. A patented hybrid, ‘Yobeliever’ was introduced by Yoder Brothers, Inc. and is marketed under the name ‘Believer’. Its vivid flowers are displayed on strong, compact, wide-spreading plants, and are highly attractive to bees and butterflies.
Provide this perennial with full to part sun and moderately moist, fertile, well-drained soil. If desired, clumps may be divided...
(Aster, Dragon Hardy Aster)
This lovely aster displays numerous soft, lilac-blue daisies atop tidy, compact mounds of fine, deep green foliage. A patented hybrid, it was introduced by Yoder Brothers, Inc. and is marketed under the name ‘Dragon’. The cool blossoms decorate the garden from very late summer to early fall, and are highly attractive to bees and butterflies.
Provide this perennial with full to part sun and moderately moist, fertile, well-drained soil. Pinch back stem tips in late spring or early summer to...