This Month's Featured Plant
Smooth aster is our featured plant for September because it is so easy and rewarding. It thrives in full to part sun and average to dry soil, and its soft lavendar-blue flowers on 2-4 foot stalks look great with everything else flowering now. Team it up with switchgrass, Henry Eilers coneflower, and wild ageratum for a beautiful and easy combination.
September is truly a month of change here in east Tennessee. We alternate between some very hot, humid days, and clear, cool, low humidity days with 20 degrees drops at night. And it is always quite dry in September. But still, our fields and roadside ditches are full of tough, colorful flowers that take the drought in stride. No need for extra water.
Good companions for smooth aster
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