Perennial Flower Information
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Aster - Michaelmas
who reads English books about gardens is thrilled by
the love of the British for Michaelmas Daisies. He immediately
hunts his own roadsides and delves into catalogs to
acquire some of these lovely flowers. For the wild Asters
are truly lovely and are an asset to any garden, many
of which bloom at a season when the
flowers are failing and the roadsides are parched after
our usual Summer droughts. It is a reflection upon our
appreciation of our own native flora to read that there
are many selected varieties of Asters, most. of which
have been produced abroad. In the following table will
be found an ample assortment of the commoner Michaelmas
Daisies, all of which may be grown:
NANUS. 1-1 1/2 feet. Lavender-blue. Aug.-Sept. Good
(Sharp-leaved A.) 1-3 feet. White. Aug.-Sept. Moist
4 feet. Lavender. Sept. Free flowering.
3/4 foot. Purplish-blue and white. May-June. Rockery
or front of border; very early.
2 feet. Rich violet. Aug.-Sept.
4-5 feet. Amethyst-blue. Oct. Mass of small flowers.
OF COLWALL. 3-4 feet. Ageratum-blue. Sept. One of best
5 feet. Lavender-blue. Sept.-Oct. A superb form of A.
(Heart-leaved A.) 1-4 feet. Light lilac. Sept. A common
(Heath A.) 2 feet. White. Sept. Small leaves; common,
BLUE. 2 1/2 feet. Blue. Aug.-Sept. One of best.
3 1/2-4 feet. Bright pink. Sept.-Oct. A pink form of
2-2 1/2 feet. Bluish-violet. Oct.-Nov. Late; a large
(Smooth-leaved A.) 4 feet. Lilac lavender. Oct. Neat
4-5 feet. Mauve. Sept. Showy, form of novae-anglim.
(Large-leaved A.) 4, feet. Lavender-violet. Sept. Dry,
(Many-flowered A.) 2 feet. White, small. Oct.-Nov. Late.
(New England A.) 3-5 feet. Purple. Sept.-Oct. Common,
showy wild sort.
(N. Y. Aster). 1-3 feet. Blue. Sept.-Oct. Climax and
St. Egwyn are forms of this.
FAVORITE. 3 feet. Reddish violet. Aug.-Sept. Form of
1/2 foot. White. Aug. Stiff stems for cut flower.
2 1/2-3 feet. Pink. Sept.-Oct. One of best.
5-6 feet. Violet-blue. Oct. Late sort; one of tallest.
QUEEN. 4 feet. White. Sept.-Oct. Not as good as some.
To see the various sorts of Asters is to suggest a hundred
uses for them: tall sorts as backgrounds for lower perennials;
tall sorts in front of evergreens; tall sorts for woodlands
and roadsides; tall sorts for screening fences, ditches;
shorter species for bringing a spot of color into the
Fall perennial border; all species for cutting and useful
for large vases in the home, church or social gathering.
No culture is necessary. Plant them and if given extra
food and water they repay us; if not they bloom beautifully
to shame us for our neglect. Of course, in the garden
where neatness is necessary, we do stake the tall sorts.
They seem to grow well either in full sun or partial
Cut up the clumps as often as you think of it. They
multiply rapidly and one always has a few plants to
give to a friend.