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A Glowing Fall Border with Asters and Grasses

Plant Combinations, Flowerbeds Ideas, Summer Borders, Fall Borders


A border of Asters is an unforgettable spectacle in the fall. Combine the soft lavender-blue blossoms of Aster x frikartii 'Monch' (Frikart's Aster), one of the first Asters to bloom, with the bright rose-pink flowers of New England Aster 'Andenken an Alma Potschke' (Aster novae-angliae). They will create a bold splash of color in the landscape over an extraordinarily long season.

Interplant them with the elegant clouds formed by the delicate flower panicles of Deschampsia cespitosa (Tufted Hair Grass), which will sway gracefully in the slightest breeze and persist well into winter.

Fairly easy to replicate, this planting is drought tolerant, deer and rabbit resistant. Most plants make great cut flowers to be enjoyed in a vase too.

Garden Information

Hardiness 5 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 3A, 3B
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Fall
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low, Average
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil Ph Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage , Prairie and Meadow

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.

Garden Information

Hardiness 5 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Climate Zones 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Fall
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low, Average
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil Ph Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage , Prairie and Meadow

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Great Plant Combination Ideas with Asters


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