If you like ‘Purple Dome’ aster try ‘Vibrant Dome’ aster, a sport of ‘Purple Dome”. At 19” tall it is a great plant for the middle of border with its raspberry-pink flowers for up to six to eight weeks in August through October. Unlike other asters, it needs no staking and grows into compact mounds covered with flowers without pinching. The small dark green leaves are lanceolate and resist mildew. Attractive to bees and butterflies, it is reasonably deer resistant.

Type: Herbaceous perennial

Bloom: Daisy-like flowers with bright pink petals around a yellow center appear for 6-8 weeks , August to October.

Foliage: Small, dark green, lanceolate leaves

Size: 19” H x 30” W

Light: Full sun

Soil: Fertile, moist, well-drained

Hardiness: Zones 3-8

Care: Low maintenance

Pests and Diseases: Mildew resistance

Propagation: Division (flowers are sterile)

Companion plants: Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ and similar, purple muhly grass, blue mist (Caryopteris x clandonennsis)

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By Karen