Friday, October 7, 2011

Aster oblongifolius 'October Skies'

I'm a big fan of Asters.  There are a heck of a lot of them and they provide a wide range of beautiful fall colors.  One of my favorites is A. oblongifolius 'October Skies'.  I've had this variety in my garden for 4 years now and in typical perennial fasion every year is better.  It grows about 24-30" tall and is easily 36" wide.  This is one of the latest blooming Asters, and is in peak bloom as everything else is slowing down for the season.  You can see in the October picture that it will be blooming for sometime as there are still buds to open.  The only real drawback is it does need a little support so it doesn't sprawl all over the place.  I use a large grow-through hoop for this and it works great.  The hoop isn't easy to see to begin with and the plants in front of the aster make the support invisible.  There are other great varieties of this species, including a newer light pink called 'Dream of Beauty' which I'm planting this fall.

Grow-through hoop

October - Full Bloom!
September - Just starting to bloom

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