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     Hardy Perennial Asters
The onset of fall can be a time of mixed emotions for many of us gardeners. As trees and shrubs begin to clothe themselves in showy autumnal colors—burnished oranges, glowing reds, buttery yellows, overtones of bronze—our perennial gardens take on a somewhat sad, lackluster appearance. Indeed, it's often the case that when the dog days of July and August arrive, a mild horticultural despair sets in and dissuades us from making any further trips to the nursery. If we do decide to go, it's usually to shop for the easy quick fix: mums! Typically, we'll buy legions of brightly colored chrysanthemums to camouflage the spots where faint-hearted perennials have keeled over or where annuals are just about spent.  But there's an alternative to the chrysanthemum solution that provides, in our opinion, a happier ending to our usual tales of gardening woe. Asters! Our hardy, sun-loving native asters cruise through the summer swelter and build to a crescendo of late-season blooms. What's more, their primarily blue-violet flower tones work in cool, subtle contrast to the fiery fall landscape at large.

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Common Name:  Hardy Perennial Aster
Botanical Name : Aster 'Sapphire M. Daisy'

The plant hunters at Proven Winners have done it again. You'll be proud to display this garden gem. 'Sapphire' has a tight, spreading, dense, mounding growth habit that keeps tight and neat without having to pinch, like some other asters. As August arrives, buds form at the ends of its multitude of stems and open to clouds to lilac-blue daisies with yellow centers. Once 'Sapphire' starts blooming it doesn't want to stop. In fact this low maintenance, disease resistant selection remains coated with color until October! Even better 'Sapphire' is resistant to drought and deer and draws migrating butterflies to your garden to renew themselves on its nectar laden blooms. No deadheading is needed to keep this beauty blooming and fresh looking. Plant 'Sapphire' in full sun and get ready for garden success.
Matures 12-16" tall x 18-24" wide.     Hardy to Zone 4.

Common Name:  Hardy Perennial Aster
Botanical Name : Aster 'Wood's Blue'

In a crowded Aster world, Wood's Blue' stands out due to its incredibly profuse fall bloom that complements its tight, full form and excellent mildew and rust resistance. 'Wood's Blue' begins to bud in late July and by mid-August it's covered in 100's of buds that open to reveal lavender blue daisy flowers with sunny yellow centers that continue to bloom into early October. It looks great planted with ornamental grasses, such as our 'Toffee Twist', in containers doe  long lasting color display and grouped in large sweeps for a garden jolting burst of color! the light blue flowers of this deer resistant beauty attracts butterflies and birds and it is such an easy to grow plant that its crazy not to take advantage of its beauty in any sunny, well-drained location.
Matures 12-16" tall x 18-24" wide.     Hardy to Zone 4.
Common Name:  Hardy Perennial Aster
Botanical Name : Aster 'Wood's Pink'

Unlike mums that seem to die over each winter, 'Wood's Pink' Aster comes back each year and offers the same amazing fall flower shoe featuring clear pin, semi-double flowers that bloom from August through October each year. Even a light frost can't slow down this blooming powerhouse. Developed by an apple breeder named Ed Wood who also had a passion for Asters, his introductions of all the Wood's Asters have provided the gardening world with disease resistant selections that share dense, compact forms, dark green foliage and an incredible urge to bloom! Because of its compact form, it makes a great container plant and looks fabulous with ornamental grasses. 'Wood's Pink is deer resistant and bird and butterflies adore it for nectar and seed.
Matures 12-16" tall x 18-24" wide.     Hardy to Zone 4.
Common Name:  Hardy Perennial Aster
Botanical Name : Aster 'Wood's Purple'

This selection is a fall flowering machine as its dense mounded form loads up with buds as late summer approaches and bursts into bloom with light pinkish-purple flowers starting in early September. This mildew resistant beauty can be completely covered in flowers at times during its six week bloom period and really enlivens the fall landscape.
Matures 12-16" tall x 18-24" wide.     Hardy to Zone 4.

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