The bees and the butterflies are ecstatic! Asters are in full bloom.
An easy to grow native perennial, New England asters are a cheerful addition to the front of the fall border, in a rain garden or as a naturalized area. Asters love full sun and moist, rich soils, but will also grow in clay soil. Plants can grow to six feet, but pinching stems back in early summer (through mid-July) will result in bushier plants with more blooms. Asters do self-seed so be sure to cut flower heads after blooming if you want control their spread. They do well as cut flowers.