BACKYARD GARDENER: If you’re looking for ‘Aster-nomical’ fall color ...

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KRISTOPHER FANTE, Agriculture Columnist

Having flowers in autumn can sometimes be a challenge in the perennial garden as most plants have seeded out and are heading for dormancy. But there is one last grand finale for the landscape, and that’s the aster. Aster cultivars come in several colors, ranging from white, blue, pink and purple. All aster cultivars that you see at your big box store or your local garden center derived from asters that are indigenous to North America. Besides color, asters can come in different sizes and different bloom times, and can require diverse conditions.

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