Friday, October 24, 2008

Meet. . . Aster ‘Lady in Black’

I’ll admit it; this plant is no longer in bloom now, it was in its’ prime earlier this month. But if you’re still doing some garden planting now, you might want to consider this little beauty.
Aster lateriflorus ‘Lady in Black’ has a lovely, vase shaped form and fine foliage that is purple with green and burgundy undertones. As you can see, the tiny white daisy-like flowers that cover the plant surprise with big raspberry- pink centers. I have mine planted near the edge of the lawn, where it can get plenty of moisture. In rich soil I have seen these get 3-4 feet tall, although my own specimen is pretty puny!

All summer long I look forward to seeing this in bloom. So if you need to add some fine foliage and/or late summer flowers to your garden, ‘Lady in Black’ might be the perfect plant.


Karl said...

Hi Jolly,

I agree this is a wonderful late summer bloom. However, mine (in Seattle) has just about taken over my whole garden. It is easily 4' tall before drooping with blossoms and rain, and about 8' across. You have to love asters for fall color.

Jocelyn H. Chilvers said...

Wow! Karl, in my next life I want to be a gardener in Seattle!

Aiyana said...

It's lovely!