(Cast Iron Plant, Stars and Stripes Cast Iron Plant)
Cast iron plant, a native of China, is an evergreen perennial known for its ability to withstand deep shade. Its upright glossy, blade-like leaves are dark green or variegated. The coarse foliage produces a bold, tropical effect year-round in warm climates or as a houseplant in cold climates.
Plant cast iron plant as a groundcover in deep shade in fertile, well drained, sandy soils. Though it thrives on neglect, water and fertilize regularly in the summer growing season for spectacular results....
(Cast Iron Plant, Variegated Cast Iron Plant)
Variegated cast iron plant is an evergreen perennial with upright blade-like, glossy, dark green leaves with cream-white striations. Its coarse foliage produces a bold, tropical effect year-round in warm climates or as a houseplant in cold climates.
Plant outdoors as a groundcover in deep shade in average, well drained, sandy soils or indoors in containers. Water and fertilize regularly in the summer growing season. Over-fertilization leads to diminished leaf variegation.
(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, Sun Aster)
The vivid, raspberry-pink daisies of aster ‘Sunny Almog’ offer a gorgeous contrast to the changing leaves of autumn. Its bright yellow-centered blooms smother low-growing mounds of fine, dark-green foliage in late summer to early fall, and are highly attractive to bees and butterflies.
For best growth, provide this perennial with slightly moist, loamy soil in full to part sun. Its colorful, prolific blooms are terrific for livening up tired, late-season beds and borders, and look wonderful...
(Aster, Magic Aster)
Loads of rich purple flowers, compact size and uniform growth combine to make ‘Yomagic’ a stellar perennial for late-season color in containers and borders. Marketed under the name Magic™, this Yoder Brothers, Inc. introduction resulted from a cross between Aster ‘Sunny Almog’ and an unknown cultivar. Its vivid, yellow-centered daisies are borne on low, spreading, well-branched plants in very early autumn, and are highly attractive to bees and butterflies.
Provide Magic™ with full...
James H. Schutte
The cultivar 'Goliath' bears large, pale lilac-blue "daisies" early in the season. It is a selection of Aster alpinus, a spring-blooming aster native to slopes, tundra, and coastlines over much of the upper latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere.
This hardy, short-lived perennial forms a dense hummock of medium-green, spoon-shaped leaves. Daisy-like blossoms with slender ray petals and golden discs are singly borne atop short, sparsely leaved stems in late spring and early summer. Bees...
(White Wood Aster)
This colonizing perennial is a common resident of dry, open wooded areas across much of eastern North America. Delicate in appearance but easy to grow, it is valued for its clouds of small, white daisies produced at summer’s end.
The wiry, branched, upright to lax stems of white wood aster arise from wandering underground rhizomes. The stems are often purple-tinged. Toothed, oval to lance-shaped leaves alternate along the stems, becoming narrower and shorter-stalked toward the stem tips. Loose,...
(White Wood Aster)
Selected from a coastal Rhode Island population of white wood aster, 'Eastern Star' is distinguished by its dark-hued, relatively compact stems. The parent species is a colonizing perennial common to dry, open wooded areas across much of eastern North America. Delicate in appearance but easy to grow, it is valued for its clouds of small, white daisies produced at summer’s end.
The wiry, branched, upright to lax stems of white wood aster arise from wandering underground rhizomes. The stems of...
JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University
Heath aster is a tough, drought-tolerant perennial native to much of central and eastern North America. Named for its finely textured, needle-like foliage, it is valued in gardens for its airy, late-season display of small, white, occasionally pale pink or light blue daisies and is popular for use as a long-lasting filler for bouquets. Several cultivars exist, including ‘Pink Star’, which forms mounds of pale lavender-pink flowers, and ‘Snow Flurry’, an exceptionally low-growing form with drifts...