New England Aster or 'Novae-angliae' has an upright habitat, with green, hairy, lance-like foliage. The New England Aster blooms in late summer with 1 1/2 inch purple, daisy-like blooms with yellow centers that are attractive to butterflies. New England Aster is excellent choice for bogs, moist valleys or streambeds in or near your water garden feature. New England Aster is also great in your terrestrial garden--as long as you keep the soil moist. New England Aster blooms in late summer into fall when other flowers are fading.
Height Grows 3 - 5 feet tall
Width Spreads 2 - 3 feet wide
Sunlight Requirements Full sun
Moisture Requirements Moist soil
Blooms Mid summer into fall
Zone Hardy in zones 4 - 9
New England Aster prefers moist, rich soil but will tolerate clay soil. Plant in full sun, in moist soil. Pinch back throughout the summer, before July, to keep plant from becoming too tall while helping to form a bushier plant. Pinching back will also delay blooms. Asters needs plenty of circulation--do not plant too close together, space them 3 feet apart. Great for stream beds and moist bog areas near the pond. Extra-large Fabric Planters are perfect for New England Asters or may be planted directly into the soil--perfect for rain gardens or for naturalizing. Once established, plants may be cut back to the ground in the fall. Plants self seed and are hardy in zones 4 - 9