8 Fall-Blooming Native Plants You'll Love for Adding Late-Season Color to Your Garden
Native across much of North America, these perennials (and one shrub) bloom late in the season and often keep going until frost. Plant them throughout your landscape to extend the floral show, as well as provide food for many pollinators that are still out foraging until winter begins.
Aster Purple Dome -- Bluestone Perennials
This Aster is a real showstopper! Purple Dome is the dwarf variety of this New England Aster at around 18" tall. Rich purple mounds of daisy-like blossoms contrast beautifully with its sunny yellow centers. Always a top seller and garden performer.
Aster Bluebird -- Bluestone Perennials
Aster Bluebird provides sky-at-dusk blue flower clusters in profusion atop vase-shaped plants. Trouble-free foliage. End-of-season flowering for Northern gardens. Superb in warmer areas. Asters provide a nectar source for butterflies as well as a host plant for their larvae. Clusters of daisy-like flowers are produced at the tips of branching stems and create a stunning display against the dark green foliage. Pairs nicely with ornamental grasses.
Symphyotrichum novae-angliae - New England Aster
New England Aster is a late bloomer like most Asters. Maturing to 5' tall, it is rich with purple flowers with orange-yellow centers from late summer to October. Popular with pollinators, it thrives in full sun or light shade in all but the driest soils. Before New England Aster blooms, it is easy to identify the plant because of the hairy stem and leaves that clasp the stem in a distinctive manner, nearly encircling it, unique from other Asters (see photo). The colors of the New England…
Purple Dome New England Aster
12-24" tall x 12-18" wide (cutting propagated). This outstanding compact cultivar of the New England Aster is notable for its symmetrical mounding habit and luscious deep lavender-purple flowers. Easy to grow in any decent soil and not bothered by mildew, I like to plant it with Solidago 'Golden Fleece' and Agastache cana for a beautiful flowering grouping in early fall. Divide in spring every 3rd year to keep it vigorous.
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Aster Crimson Brocade -- Bluestone Perennials
Lustrous magenta-red flowers with a cheery yellow center. The clusters of semi-double crimson flowers are produced at the tips of branching stems creating a stunning display against the dark green foliage. Aster Crimson Brocade gives splendid autumn color to your perennial garden. Pairs nicely with grasses.
Symphyotrichum oolentangiense - Sky Blue Aster
Sky Blue Aster has blue to blue-violet flowers. It is easy to grow and is drought tolerant. Blooming late summer to fall, like most Asters, it attracts butterflies and other beneficial insects such as small bees, flies, small to medium-sized butterflies, skippers, and wasps. Sky Blue Aster prefers full or partial sun and can grow in many different types of soil as long as it is well-drained. The leaves are smaller when heading upward along the stem, and are typically heart-shaped at the…
Aster September Ruby -- Bluestone Perennials
Vivid ruby rose flowers with large yellow-orange centers on tall arching stems with rich green, lance-shaped foliage. Aster September Ruby provides eye-catching fall color to the back of the border garden. Asters provide a nectar source for butterflies as well as a host plant for their larvae. Clusters of daisy-like flowers are produced at the tips of branching stems and create a stunning display against the dark green foliage. Pairs nicely with ornamental grasses.
Aster Honeysong Pink -- Bluestone Perennials
Aster Honeysong Pink - Common name:New England Aster - "An explosion of color, Aster Honeysong Pink is blanketed in soft pink daisy-like flowers with cheery yellow centers. The blossoms are complemented by bright green, lance-shaped foliage. Aster are the backbone of the late summer garden. Pairs nicely with grasses."
A Charming Summer to Fall Duo: Achillea & Aster
This spectacular pair of perennials will provide weeks of joyful color in your borders from mid summer to fall. Beautifully associated with the lavender-blue daisies of the Aster 'Monch' (Aster x frikartii), are the broad, mustard-yellow flower heads of Fernleaf Yarrow 'Gold Plate' (Achillea filipendulina).
Aster Collection -- Bluestone Perennials
Aster Collection of three varieties, all labeled . One each of Aster Crimson Brocade (red,top) Aster October Skies (blue, bottom left) and Aster Woods Purple (purple, bottom right).