Flat topped aster
This is an imposing species Aster that is native to North America. It's tough, dependable and not prone to mildew like the hybrid varieties.
The flowers are produced in flat clusters hence the name Flat topped aster.
The dainty white daisies are tinged purple with yellow centres and are one of the earliest asters into flower, usually in early August, continuing right through autumn. It's tall and will benefit from staking but at the back or centre of a border these make a fine statement.
They will grow in sun or partial shade and prefer a moist but well drained sandy soil but it's easy, so given moisture it will adapt.
It's a fantastic host plant for all manner of insects particularly butterflies and works well with Eupatorium, Rudbeckia and large grasses.
Can also be used as a cut flower.
Photo: Blackstem Plants