If you walk in front of our house these days you’re likely to be impressed by the masses of Aster flowers, most notably those of Short’s Aster (Symphyotrichum shortii).

View of the front door from the sidewalk.

Short’s Aster is a particularly floriferous Aster, sporting clouds of light blue flowers with golden centers. Honestly, I don’t understand why this particular Aster isn’t more popular. You can get it from native plant nurseries, but you never see it at garden centers.

Short’s Aster flowers close-up

Short’s Aster has a shrubby habit that I appreciate, with wiry stems that do not flop. Though I confess that so far I have not succeeded in shaping it into the smooth cloud-like shapes I dream of.

A lone Bluestem Goldenrod (Solidago caesia) pushes through a crowd of Short’s Aster.

Short’s Aster blooming on the Left Bank Bed

There are more masses of Short’s Aster on what I call The Left Bank Bed, on the far side of the Driveway.

Here you can see how the Left Bank Bed encompasses Brown-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia triloba) and Starry Solomon’s Plume (Maianthemum stellatum) along with the Short’s Aster. At the far end, there is Rue (Ruta graveolens), Bronze Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare), and ‘Italian White’ Sunflower (Helianthus annuus).

One last picture highlighting the ‘Italian White’, which is my favorite annual sunflower.

I wish you a happy October, full of more aster blooms than you could possibly count!

48 Comments on “So Many Aster Blooms!”

  1. More asters than I could ever imagine! Wonderful! What amazes me is how beautiful all your native plants are. I have so few European plants in my garden. I read a book “The Brother Gardeners” by Andrea Wulf (I think you might enjoy it). She writes about the British obsession with gardening and documents the plant collecting of the eighteeenth century. The British plant collectors scoured the world and you have the choice of so many beautiful native plants. Amelia

    • Your climate in Canberra is a good bit more mild than ours, I think? I subscribed to Gardening Australia on Facebook last year to see more flowers during our winter. But there were so many posts about poisonous snakes and spiders!

      • We don’t get your long cold winters. Yes there are poisonous snakes in Australia, but I have never come across a snake in all my time of gardening. Yes, we do have quite a range of spiders too, maybe I should write a post about them too!

  2. That purple and gold combination just knocks me out. And I really do like the little asters. We have some natives that bloom well into December in the marshes, and sometimes even longer. S. ericoides might be my favorite, with disc florets that turn from yellow to the prettiest pinkk.

  3. What a gorgeous sight! I’m smitten by asters too and to my absolute delight they’re hybridising freely in the garden and some lovely varieties (yet to be named 😉 ) have come up. One looks very much like S. shortii in your garden. Happy autumn days 🙂

  4. Beautiful! I have had short’s aster here and there around my garden but mostly hated it all season and barely enjoyed it this season until my neighbors showed me how they sheer them two times through the summer. (Is that what you did?) They now have abundant clouds of bloom like this! My eyes are opened. I’ve planted more, and will cut them back twice, and eagerly anticipate my own purple cloud.

  5. Happy October to you too, Jason! Although I hope things slow down a little. This first week of October was a little too crazy for me, quite honestly. Those Asters are lovely, to say the least. The second to last image made me smile. I have some version of almost all those plants in my sunny community garden. The only thing missing is the Maianthemum! 😀

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