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Kristina

Xiangirl, I believe asters come in different colors. The ones in this article are lavender and I've seen them in pink and, I think, in white. They're not mentioned in the article but chrysanthemums come in many different colors and after a couple of seasons' growth make quite a show.

   
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Benjamin Vogt / Monarch Gardens

xiangirl & Kristina -- There are many, many species of aster and you'll find lots of them discussed on Houzz in my pieces and others. The benefit of aster is they are native, and thus support a wider diversity of life above and below the soil line since they are part of a co-evolved community. So, obviously, I encourage exploration of asters -- there's one for any site condition!


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Benjamin Vogt / Monarch Gardens

Emily -- One of the most important things is to make sure it's native to you, then to site it correctly (matching how it grows in the wild to how it grows in your landscape). Native to you and properly sited means less work for you, and more benefit for species co-evolved with that aster.

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