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Plant of the Month: (Tied for November)
Chrysanthemum Chrysanthemum
Fall Aster Symphyotrichum oblongifolium

Chrysanthemums are native to Asia and are often used in containers or planted in the ground as ornamental color in the fall. They have been hybridized into thousands of cultivars and are commonly found in yellow, white, purple, and red. They prefer part to full sun and should be planted in soil that is rich with humus.

Fall Aster is an outstanding perennial that is covered with lavender blooms in the fall. It is the kind of plant you look forward to seeing the blooms each October and November.

Fall aster is a smallish, mounding plant, usually staying less than 2′ tall and about as wide, although it can get as tall as 3′. It looks great planted in the foreground of other fall flowering plants, and along the edges of planting beds. They are simply covered in flowers in October and November, making them a real show-stopper in the autumn landscape.

Bees, butterflies, and other insects love this plant for its fall nectar. Plant fall aster in full sun for the most blooms and healthy plants. The tops of the plants will die back when we receive our first freeze and can be cut to the ground or leave the tops for shelter and food for wildlife. Little rosettes will start to show up in late winter and can be divided in early spring.