The flower of the month September is the aster. Part of the daisy family, it has an array of colors such as bright purple, fuchsia pink, tangerine orange and sunny yellow and is used not only in bouquets and arrangements but in gardens since it blooms through fall. Below, aster growers comment on why the flower has gained its popularity, and which colors are in trend.
As Michele Terlidzi, the owner of Michael’s Nursery in Bedford, New York explains, the aster benefits from “thriving in cool weather adding to its popularity.” While other flowers are winding down, the aster is winding up with bursts of colors and blooms. As she notes. the summer offers so many different flowers for the public to have affection for – roses, dahlias, echinacea, hydrangeas etc, but asters don’t have much competition for fall popularity. “People are so used to thinking of asters as part of fall and the colors are a bit darker as well,” she adds.
Fred Van Wingerden, the President of California-based Pyramid Flowers, says that “lavender” is now the most popular color followed by pink and purple. “Matsumoto asters also come in Hot Pink, apricot, white and yellow,” adds Wingerden, who has been a flower grower since 1979 with family flower growing roots dating back to the Netherlands in the 1600s. In certain regions like the Northeast of the United States where pumpkins are part of the fall tradition, orange and yellow colors are especially popular. Other regions prefer the purples and pinks.
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