The white forest aster is a unique beauty! Like no other perennial with height, it blooms in late summer and autumn t.o.m. It is also valuable as a cut flower.
Aster comes from the Greek and means star. And just when it comes to the forest aster, you can talk about an astronomically large number of flowers!
Location of forest saster
The forest aster can be grown throughout the country, both in sun and shade, but thrives best in partial shade. It grows well in most garden soils and can withstand drought better than other asters. Even in competition with roots from perennials, shrubs and trees, it thrives. In dry shade, the stems become straight, while in soil with more moisture and nutrients, it grows with weaker, albeit equally beautiful, stems. Further north in the country, it is good to plant the white forest aster in a sheltered position, so it has time to flower before the frost comes.
The perennial of the year 2015 is white forest aster Aster divaricatus. Photo: Anna Nilsson / Perennagruppen
The white forest aster is the first of the late-flowering asters to bloom its small star flowers. The white forest aster grows wild in deciduous forests and along roadsides in eastern North America, from Maine and Quebec to Minnesota, Georgia and Alabama. It is fine for underplanting in woodland between shrubs but also in the front edge of flower beds.
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Description of white forest asterAster divaricatus
White forest aster produces lots of thin almost black branches that form a nice contrast to the clouds of small white star-like flowers. The leaf rosette consists of heart-shaped, dark green leaves, which are followed by finely hairy lanceolate, toothed leaves further up along the stems. It will be about 50 cm high.
White forest aster spreads beautifully in forest areas and weaves flower beds together nicely. Photo: Marie Andersson / Perennagruppen
The petals of the flower are white with a yellow button to begin with. As the plant ages, the flowers become slightly larger and get a violet redness, which goes from the petal tips towards the darkening center. Flowering time is in August / September to October.
The white forest aster is very easy to care for and has small problems with diseases and pests. Note that neither rabbits, hares nor deer like the white forest aster.
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Previous articles about Perennial of the Year:
2014 - spring growth 2013 - daylily 2012 - ball thistle
2013 - daylily
2012 - ball thistle
2011 - flower funk
2010 - Korean plume spiral
2009 - golden night light
2008 - lungwort
Perennial of the year 2015 - white forest aster - garden
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This year's perennial 2015 is
WHITE FOREST ASTER, Aster divaricatus
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What a great choice! White forest aster, Aster divaricatus, is just as good as a perennial of the year should be. Healthy, hardy and beautiful and also very easy to care for! And our four-legged "friends" do not eat it. For almost 20 years, this year's perennial has been chosen, so I have thought that now the best must already be selected. But here comes a grain of gold!
Many years ago listened I to Hannu Sarenström at Trädgård Norr in Umeå, when he recommended white forest aster. He was so convincing that I wrote down the name and when I got hold of it several years later, I was thrilled. It thrives everywhere and survives throughout Sweden. Even dry shade works well, which very few plants can handle. It grows 50 cm tall and becomes lush in just one season. Here it does not bloom until the end of August but can continue until October.
It blooms with a crowd of star-shaped flowers, yes Aster just means star. The dark stems and the darkening center make the flowers decorative and not as pale as all-white flowers. As a ground cover at the edge of flower beds in or around shrubs and trees in a grove, it fits perfectly. If you do not have it - do as I did - write down the name and get it as soon as you can! Here at BillaBlom, it is in the range every year.
Perennials - a recurring joy
Perennials are perennial herbaceous plants that reappear in the flowerbed year after year. Available from ground cover to solitaire.
Perennials are a good alternative if you want recurring flower joy without having to replant the entire garden every year.
A perennial flower bed is by no means static but develops year by year, some plants grow large and may need to be divided while others are slightly more short-lived plants that disappear after a few seasons and may need to be replanted.
A perennial flower bed can often be the backbone of a garden, a sturdy frame that can be varied year by year with different summer flowers.
When making a perennial discount, you should take into account what soil you have and of course which climate zone you live in.
It is also important to prepare the soil properly before planting the plants, all grass and weeds must be removed.
Some plants want to stand in a sunny position while others thrive best in a shady position.
Worth remembering is that some perennials require a couple of years before growing large and then you can happily supplement with summer flowers if you want to experience the full flower splendor already in year one.
You can create a micro-climate with the help of dense hedges, rocks and planks that protect against winds. This means that plant conditions change so that you can plant plants that actually want to grow in warmer zones.