Favorite or New Plant
Fall aster (Symphyotrichum oblongifolium) is a dependable performer in the Lower South. Each fall the 2- to 3-foot mounded plants are covered with 1 1/2-inch lavender flowers with yellow centers. This perennial insists on having good soil drainage, and detests being over-fertilized or over-watered. For a stunning fall show plant them in front of purple-blooming Mexican bush sage or yellow-blooming Mexican mint marigold. They also make a good cutting flower adding a sea of lavender fill for an arrangement.
Farmscaping to Enhance Biological Control
The Farmscaping to Enhance Biological Control Web resource from the National Sustainable Ag Information Service isn't just for farmers. Gardeners will find many helpful ideas and resources on the site. Especially check out Appendix A for plants that attract specific beneficial and Appendix B for the pests controlled by various beneficials.