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Super Hardy Fall Bloomer Just Goes and Goes

Fall is one of the best times of year to hang out with family and friends in your backyard landscape. It's not sweltering hot, the worst of the biting insects have gone away, and there is a crisp sense of anticipation in the air. Cherish those long, last days of summer by planning to include fall-blooming plants in your border or in container gardens.

Smooth Aster (Aster laevus) is a great choice to include in that plan. It's a tough, pretty native wildflower that grows in dry prairies and open woods. Sweet, daisy-shaped blossoms are a clear periwinkle blue with bright yellow eyes that deepen in color as the season goes on.

The stem is tough, but this variety has smooth leaves. Like other Asters, it still reads as a fine-textured plant well-suited for the middle of flower beds.

Nature Hills offers many varieties of Aster to bring gorgeous blue tones to your fall landscape. Mix them together for a special collection but be sure to include this hardy selection. It's been known to bloom all the way into November!

Butterflies adore this plant, as it gives them easy access to rich nectar, the fuel they need for their annual migrations.

Plant an odd number of these beauties in front of larger shrubs or ornamental grasses in a loose zig-zagging curve. Why an odd number? That simply looks more natural and informal to our eyes. Planting in a curve also looks more organic and as they grow, they'll create a marvelous "drift" of eye-catching color. Don't forget to add low-growing plants in front of this, we have so many to choose from!

Because this is a native wildflower, in some areas it may perform a little "too well". You are protected with our subscription to Plant Sentry™, which helps us comply with all local and state regulations for invasive plants.

We hope you'll love playing around with color and texture in your landscape. Be sure to call us if you have any questions. Our plant experts are here to help!

  • Hardy Native Selection
  • Butterfly Magnet
  • Fall Blooms

Buying Options for Plants

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.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .655 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
3.5" Container Equal to .67 dry quart / .74 dry liter in volume
4" Container Equal to .87 dry quart / .96 dry liter 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
Size Volume
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
Size Volume
#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
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

About Plant Sentry™

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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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Shipping

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Shipping Rates

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.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 14.95
20 - 49.99 17.95
50 - 69.99 19.95
70 - 99.99 24.95
100 - 129.99 29.95
130 - 130+ Approx 25%

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PLANT HIGHLIGHTS

Smooth Aster Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-8
Growing Zones 4-8
More Information
Botanical Name Aster laevis
Foliage Perennial
Mature Height 2 - 3 feet
Mature Spread 18 - 24 inches
Soil Type Well Drained Soils
Moisture Low Moisture
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Blue with Yellow Center
Foliage Color Green
Fruiting Time Seed Heads in Fall