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GARDENER'S GARDEN/Enduring Flowers in Your Summer Garden

Nancy Burns
By Nancy Burns
Posted on Jul 14,2009
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Photo by Flickr/benimoto<br /> <br />Bearing one-inch semi double, white, daisy- or mum-like flowers with puffy light yellow centers, this lovely plant adds an airy yet tidy feeling to the garden.  As the flower ages, the white color softens to a welcome very pale pink near the outer tips of the petals.
Photo by Flickr/benimoto
Bearing one-inch semi double, white, daisy- or mum-like flowers with puffy light
yellow centers, this lovely plant adds an airy yet tidy feeling to the garden. As
the flower ages, the white color softens to a welcome very pale pink near the
outer tips of the petals.

Sweeping masses of color always make an eye-catching statement in one's garden.
 
And when you have over three months worth (July to mid-October), you'll know why the Japanese Aster (Kalimeris pinnatifida “Hortensis”) is so valued in the later season garden.

An herbaceous perennial in the aster family, Hortensis is a rugged plant native to Japan.  
Bearing one-inch semi double, white, daisy- or mum-like flowers with puffy light yellow centers, this lovely plant adds an airy yet tidy feeling to the garden.  As the flower ages, the white color softens to a welcome very pale pink near the outer tips of the petals.  

Beginning to bloom tentatively at first, these long-lasting flowers start out single, become semi-double, and reach full stride in August when they pop out fast and furious.

Photo by FLICKR/ccmerino<br />Beginning to bloom tentatively at first, these long-lasting flowers start out single, become semi-double, and reach full stride in August when they pop out fast and furious.
Photo by FLICKR/ccmerino
Beginning to bloom tentatively at first, these long-lasting
flowers start out single, become semi-double, and reach
full stride in August when they pop out fast and furious.

A sturdy grower at two feet tall (tip-shear in late May to encourage bushiness and more flowers), Hortensis grows 18 to 22 inches wide and does not need staking.  This perennial likes average to moist soil in a well drained site (drought tolerant when established), full sun to partial shade, zones 4 to 8.

Hortensis has apple green foliage, an upright globe-shaped clump, and a medium growth rate. It is polite, not invasive.  

A very rewarding (lots of flowers) and reliable (easy-to-grow) plant, this aster is valuable as a cut flower as well as a butterfly magnet.

Making a good companion plant to grow at the base of tall rose bushes, Hortensis is sold at most local plant nurseries or can be ordered through the Internet.  

Hortensis is a definite must to add to your list of perennial plants to buy for the 2008 garden.  

Remember:  Over three months of flowers!

Nancy Burns, a WHG contributor, is the owner of Garden Ideas, a Certified Master Gardener; Horticulture Information Director of District 2, National Capital Area Garden Clubs; President of the Belle Haven Garden Club, and Secretary of the National Capital Orchid Society.  Contact her at n.burns@cox.net.



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