Plant of the Week
Fall aster is a dependable performer in our central Texas climate. Each fall the 2 to 3 foot mounded plants are covered with nickel-sized lavender flowers with yellow centers.
This perennial insists on having good soil drainage, and detests being over fertilized and over watered. They are a must for waterwise landscaping.
For a stunning fall show, plant them in front of purple-blooming Mexican bush sage or yellow-blooming Mexican mint marigold. They also make a good cut flower. Cut plants back in spring (until mid-July) to maintain a dense growth habit.