New York aster is a lovely fall flowering plant with light blue flowers. Blue is a highly sought after color in the garden and it seems like there are more fall flowering plants that are blue then those that flower other times of the year. The Asters are a particularly hardy group. The flowers are long lasting and make excellent bouquets. Asters look particularly stunning when paired with goldenrod.
New York aster naturally grows in full sun to part shade but does best in full sun. It can be found in moist areas in ditches and moist to wet meadows. The color of the flowers can vary and you may find some with more pinkish or purple flowers. The stems and leaves are slender and smooth. Like some other aster by the time fall rolls around they tend to loose their bottom leaves and get the bare legs look. You can cut the in half at the end of June to keep them bushier and fuller or just plants some thing around the base of the plant to hide the bottom. New York aster grows from 3 to 4 feet if it reaches its potential.
Good companions for New York aster are stiff goldenrod, blue-stemmed goldenrod, showy goldenrod, New England aster, Northern sea oats, ferns, tall meadow rue, swamp milkweed, white turtlehead and summer phlox.
Symphyotrichum novi-belgii - New York aster
-Has lovely light blue flowers -Flowers in the late summer into the fall - Provides food and nectar for butterflies and other insects -Drought tolerant -Height: 24 to 36 inches tall -Zone: 3 to 9