Asters, the “stars of autumn,” are invaluable additions to the late season garden. They are suitable for many sites and styles of gardening, from rock gardens and meadows to formal bedding and ecological restoration. There are an estimated 250-300 species of asters worldwide, but Mt. Cuba Center’s trial focused on evaluating the garden merits of fifty six different selections of asters native to the eastern United States. These plants have recently undergone a taxonomic revision and many species no longer belong the genus Aster, even though that is still used as their common name. While there are not individual plant pages for this trial, the summary report, “Asters for the Mid-Atlantic Region” details the performance of many of the best selections.
Download Report PDF