Asters get their name from the Latin word for "star," and their flowers are indeed the superstars of the fall garden. Not all asters are fall bloomers. Extend the season by growing some of the summer bloomers, as well. Some are naturally compact; tall types that grow more than 2 feet tall benefit from staking or an early-season pinching or cutting back by about one-third in July or so to keep the plant more compact. Pair Asters in the natural garden with Coneflowers and Goldenrod for a striking display.
Pinkie Aster is an early-blooming species, often grown in rock gardens or used for edging in the perennial border. It forms a low carpet of bright green leaves, bearing taller branching stems with flowers in late spring and early summer.
Height: 8-12 in.
Spread: 8-12 in.
Sun Exposure: Full Sun