Aster Garden Plants
Aster garden plants are easy to grow, rabbit-resistant and their abundance of daisy-like flowers looks great in gardens. In the garden landscape, Aster garden plants make great borders. There are a large number of aster varieties, and they have numerous uses in the garden. The Aster genus includes about 250 species and numerous cultivated varieties and hybrids. The leaves of Asters vary, mid green, gray-green and dark green are most common. The white, blue, purple, pink, red or purple flowers have a yellow center. They have a daisy-like appearance and develop in clusters. The Michaelmas Daisy, Aster novi-belgii, is the most widely know species but can become invasive as it self seeds quickly and roots branch outwards with even a single shoot quickly growing into a clump of Asters. Plant Asters from fall to early spring in well-drained fertile soil where it will receive most sunlight. Be sure to keep the ground moist, especially during flowering. Tall plants will need to be supported but otherwise Asters are relatively easy to grow. Equally so, propagation is also easy with the best method being division while dormant.
Aster garden plants also have another unique feature that brings something extra to outdoor environments: butterflies. The rich nectar in the flowers attracts the flying insects, which are essential in the pollination of many flowering plants. Gardeners may plant asters for the express purpose of drawing more butterflies to their outdoor areas.