The dwarf asters the famous dwarf aster group is one of the very best ways you can assure some fall bloom for your meadow or garden. Ive grown them all, and they are simple to handle, and hardy as oaks. In fact, if you want to do the work, after about two years, you can dig up two or three plants, and divide them into twenty. There are many species and varieties of asters, so the plants height can range from 8 inches to 8 feet, depending on the type. You can find an aster for almost any garden at garden centers in autumn. The plant can be used in many places, such as in borders, rock gardens, or wildflower gardens. Usda hardiness zone 3-8 new england aster interesting notes. Aster novae-angliae alma pötschke aster novae-angliae purple dome key characteristics & attributes. This outstanding compact cultivar of the new england aster is notable for its symmetrical mounding habit and luscious deep lavender-purple flowers. Easy to grow in any decent soil and not bothered by mildew, i like to plant it with solidago golden fleece and agastache cana for a beautiful flowering grouping in early fall. using fast-spreading perennials is a great way to establish a flower-garden border. Choose low-growing plants so they dont hide the plants growing behind them. The new england aster will germinate in 21 to 45 days at a soil temperature of 65-75 f. These late summer through early fall bloomers spread 2 to 4 feet with a height of 1 to 6 feet. When planting make sure to provide good air circulation, keeping in mind the large spreading area. It appreciates room to spread out, and you may find it needs dividing after a couple of years. Yarrow (achillea millefolium) is an herb that grows in full sun in sandy, well-drained soil. Cultivars are available in rich shades of red, white, and yellow, and heights may reach 2 to. And is often called heart-leaf aster from the shape of its hairy mature leaves. I have a 30 tall blue aster (type long forgotten) that spreads rampantly by root runners.