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Nonstop blooms from late summer to late fall!

By: Garden Gate staff
For long-lasting color at the end of the season, this aster is a must-have for any space.

Nonstop blooms from late summer to late fall!

Asters are favorites for reliable late-season color. But dwarf ‘Professor Anton Kippenberg’ (Symphyotrichum novi-belgii) may be the most versatile aster you’ve ever grown.

That’s because this compact cultivar reaches just 12 to 16 inches tall and 12 to 18 inches wide — perfect near the front of a mixed border.

From late summer to late fall, ‘Professor Anton Kippenberg’ is completely covered in the lavender daisylike blooms you see in the inset. They’re a cool complement to bright orange and yellow flowers and foliage, bringing visual balance to hot hues, just like you see here. Plus, the flowers provide bees and butterflies with nectar when other energy sources are scarce.

Type Perennial

Blooms Semidouble lavender flowers with yellow to orange centers from late summer to late fall

Light Full sun

Soil Moist, well-drained, nutrient-rich

Pests Powdery mildew

Size 12 to 16 in. tall, 12 to 18 in. wide

Cold-hardy USDA zones 3 to 9

Heat-tolerant AHS zones 9 to 1

Source Lazy S’S Farm Nursery

Published: Sept. 13, 2016
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