Darling natives with profuse purple blooms and cheerful golden yellow centers, the New England Aster (Aster novae-angliae) is a pollinator nectar resource that you will absolutely adore having in your autumn landscape! These faster-growing perennials may not bloom right away, they do bloom with abandon! Filling out in cheerful clouds of flowers just as other plants are calling it quits!
Not just long-lasting, New England Asters blooms completely cover the plant from late summer until frost. It is a definite bee and butterfly and hummingbird attractor, even feeding songbirds when left to go to seed. The airy upright mounds of green foliage are so carefree and require minimal maintenance to keep them looking great!
Growing to about 3-5 feet high and about 18 inches wide, these space-saving perennials are readily tucked into large existing gardens and small yards with ease! Very xeric wildflowers, native Aster are incredibly cold-hardy down to USDA zone 3, and deer-resistant, with hardy adaptability and endurance! Featuring fast growth and finely textured green leaves, Aster plants look fantastic even when not in bloom!
In the garden bed and border, these are light and airy perennials to add fine purple mist-like color and easy care resilience to cottage borders and cut flower gardens alike! These cheerful little plants fit anywhere in the sun garden, perennial border or cottage garden! And adding just one or two turns any garden into a pollinator garden! It would be fun to use this native as a filler in a large container garden. Pinch back the tips of the plant in mid-July, you'll keep it a bit bushier and more compact.
Asters are a host plant for the Pearl Crescent Butterflies larvae, and feed hungry bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects with their generous amounts of late-season nectar! Try planting a completely native flower garden, naturalized prairie or wildflower border garden with a collection of Asters, Coneflowers, Goldenrod, Black-Eyed Susans, Phlox, and Gaillardia. We are sure the pollinators and beneficial insects will go crazy for it! It will also be absolutely covered with butterflies and pollinators from dawn through dusk. Definitely one of nature's incredible shows, and so interesting to watch. Plan to add comfy seating nearby. It grows tall, so can handle a spot near the back of a border.
Requiring full sun, New England Asters can take some part sun and afternoon shade in the hottest of its favored USDA growing zones of 3 through 8. Plant these herbaceous perennials in a moderate soil range with good drainage. Xeric plants, native Asters are tolerant of lower moisture environments once established, but should not be allowed to become extremely dry during the summer. Pinching back the stem tips in late spring and early summer will produce denser growth and heavier blooming. This plant may be divided every few years in the spring.
Please understand that we must comply with local and state regulations. Sometimes these plants grow a little too well in certain areas and are considered invasive. That's why we've created Plant Sentry™ to protect your yard and community. Order your fall native garden upgrades and have them delivered to your doorstep with the beautiful New England Aster from NatureHills.com!
Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.
Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!
Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.
Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.
|Young Plants to 18 Months|
|2"x2"x3"||Ranges from||.18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume|
|4.5" Container||Equal to||.65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume|
|Sprinter Pot||Equal to||.63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume|
|4" Container||Ranges from||.31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume|
|6" Container||Equal to||1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume|
|1 Quart||Equal to||1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume|
|5.5" Container||Equal to||1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x5"||Ranges from||.8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x6"||Ranges from||1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x9"||Ranges from||1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x10"||Ranges from||1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old|
|2 Quart||Equal to||2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume|
|#1 Container||Ranges from||2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume|
|5"x5"x12"||Equal to||3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 2 - 4 Years Old|
|#2 Container||Ranges from||1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume|
|#3 Container||Ranges from||2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 3 - 5 Years Old|
|#5 Container||Ranges from||2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume|
|#6 Container||Ranges from||5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume|
|#7 Container||Ranges from||5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume|
Plant Sentry is designed to protect both consumers and the nursery trade from invasive plant pests and diseases. Sites that display the Plant Sentry protection badge are protected from consumers buying and nurseries shipping material carrying invasive pests and diseases.
This proprietary eCommerce software prevents the shipment of a restricted plant to each state. The Plant Sentry system includes a shipment certification program. The Plant Sentry Compliance Officer works closely with NatureHills.com and each nursery or fulfillment center to ensure only compliant plants are sold to customers.
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To obtain a more accurate shipment time-frame, simply enter your zip code in the “Find Your Growing Zone” box to the right. Our plants are grown all over the country and lead time on items may be different because of this. Once your order is placed, you will also receive the specific shipment time-frame information as part of your order confirmation. Once an item ships, you will receive shipment notification and tracking numbers, so you can follow along while your plant travels to your doorstep. We use FedEx, UPS, or USPS at our discretion.
Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.
At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.
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|Brand||Nature Hills' Choice|
|Botanical Name||Aster novae-angliae|
|Mature Height||3 - 5 feet|
|Mature Spread||18 inches|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun, Partial Shade|
|Soil||Well Drained Soils|
|Flower Color||Light Lavender Blue|
|Pruning Time||Early Spring|