- Hardiness Zone: 4-8
- Mature Height: 1-6' tall
- Mature Width: 1-3' wide
- Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade
- Spacing: 2-3' apart
- May Benefit & Attract: Chickadees, finches, and towhees
- The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow.
- This bird-friendly native trees provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
- All Audubon® branded trees are grown 100% Neonic-free by Bower & Branch, making these plants safer for the birds and safer for the environment.
- Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
- Ships in a plant-safe designed box
Why the Audubon® New England Aster?
Asters are abundant in our nation’s wild spaces and are vitally important to the ecosystems there. We can take that as a clue that our own wildlife-friendly gardens should not be without them. New England Aster is a particularly showy species loved by birds and butterflies. Its purple blooms, which make a splash in late summer and fall, attract pollinators of all stripes. Its foliage hosts various caterpillars and other small insects, which in turn feed insectivorous songbirds. Plus, its seeds nourish many bird species, such as chickadees, goldfinches, juncos, and towhees. A must-have for meadows, rain gardens, and native wildflower borders.
Native to not only New England, but the Midwest as well, New England Aster has been cultivated in their country and abroad for over 300 years. Gardeners have found it to be a valuable Spirit in perennial borders, and over the years, they’ve selected various forms in different colors, shapes, and sizes to suit a more formal aesthetic. What we offer here is the unadulterated wild version, like you’d find growing in a sunny meadow, naturally. If you’ve ever come across a patch of wild New England Aster, glowing in the September sunshine, you know that no improvement is necessary!
How to use in the landscape?
In the wild, New England Aster often grows in conjunction with Goldenrod, and the two blooming together paint an unforgettable picture of purple and gold. You can recreate this tableau in your own backyard border with Showy Goldenrod as a partner. It’s a pretty picture… and a pollinator paradise!
Why Bower & Branch?
We do the hard part. Our trees and plants are grown and cared for by only the best, local growers for years before they find their forever home in your landscape. Bower & Branch is known for having hard-to-find, substantial sizes and selection. The quality of our trees and plants are consistent in health and vigor—always ready for immediate impact in your garden and instant curb appeal. We believe in empowering homeowners with the truth about strong, healthy and structurally sound plants that are grown to perform in the ground after they leave the nursery for home delivery, always fresh inventory from the grower
Audubon is devoted to protecting birds and the places they need, while Bower & Branch is devoted to the growth of true native trees and plants–no cultivars or hybrids. Together, we strive to unite communities in conservation and inspire individuals to cultivate a better world for birds starting in their own backyards, balconies, or patios. By guiding and recommending trees and plants truly native and beneficial to your region, we can really start to make a difference.
What is the definition of Native?
“In the United States, a native plant is defined as one that was naturally found in a particular area before European colonization. Native plants are the foundation of a region’s biodiversity, providing essential food sources and shelter for birds, especially those threatened by the changing climate. Since native plants are adapted to local precipitation and soil conditions, they generally require less upkeep, therefore helping the environment and saving you time, water, and money.” – The National Audubon Society
Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program.
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Hardiness Zone: 4-8
Mature Height: 1-6' tall
Mature Width: 1-3' wide
Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade
Spacing: 2-3' apart
How To Plant
New England Aster will look its best when a few simple practices are followed. First, be sure to plant it in full sun, in an open space with good air flow, and water it well during dry spells. These things will keep leaf diseases like powdery mildew at bay. Second, cut plants down by half when they reach two feet tall. This will produce a bushier plant that is less apt to flop later on. And finally, divide your Asters in spring if performance starts to decline. Just dig up chunks and replant, discarding any weak or woody sections. Cut spend plants to the ground in late winter or early spring.
How To Fertilize
Incorporate Elements Starter Plant food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer, start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant food granular form on an annual basis each late fall. Continue this for the first three years to get your plant well established.
Hardiness Zone: 4-8