Prairie plants that add color and character to the garden include the purple coneflower, New England aster
, black-eyed Susan and common milkweed -- a must for monarch butterflies.
Michael Durham, of Portland, a photographer who has worked on projects for the Oregon Zoo, National Geographic and the National Park Service, photographed a Western honeybee on a New England Aster
Based on seasonal availability, plants could include: Wild Geranium, Large Beard-tongue, Foxglove Beardtongue, Fall Phlox, Sweet William, Creeping Phlox, Turk's Cap Lily, Swamp Milkweed (to host Monarch butterflies), New England aster
, Switchgrass, Big Bluestem grass, Black-eyed Susan, Jewelweed, Woolly Ragwort, Blue Waxweed, Purple Tridens grass, spearmint, peppermint, oregano, and sage.
The spores of powdery mildew that find it so easy to settle on the smooth foliage of Aster novae-belgii cannot get a foothold on the bristly leaves of New England asters
. The New England aster
's only drawback is its tendency to lose the foliage on its lower stems.
Almost every overgrown field and roadside will have an abundance of goldenrod, Solidago Canadensis; New England aster
, Symphyotrichum novae-angliae; Joe Pye weed, Eupatorium purpureum; and Iron Weed, Vernonia al-tissima.
It contains a mix of Big Bluestem, Switchgrass, Indian Grass, Virginia Wild Rye, Partridge Pea, New England Aster
, and Maximillian Sunflower seeds.
Flower gardeners around here may want to consider trumpet honeysuckle, New England aster
, white snakeroot and some varieties of goldenrod, she advised.