Local and Regional Growers: The Heart of Our Garden Design Center


The Garden Design Center at our nursery is dedicated to providing our customers with a wide range of plants sourced from local and regional growers. These plants are specifically cultivated to be resistant to pests and diseases and to thrive in the unique climate of our area.

One of the plants we are particularly excited about is the aster. Developed by growers in the region, this sturdy perennial grows well in a variety of soil conditions, as long as it is well-drained. It blooms from late-summer through the fall, attracting butterflies and moths with its nectar-rich flowers. According to our growers, the aster plant belongs to the asteraceae family and comes in a range of colors, including white. Its compact growth makes it a great choice for gardens of all sizes.

In addition to the aster, our Garden Design Center also offers other plants that have been sourced from local and regional growers. Among them is the white butterfly bush (Buddleja ‘Otto’), which is known for its abundant flowers that attract butterflies and moths. This ornamental shrub blooms from summer until fall and is a favorite among gardeners. It is easy to care for and can tolerate a variety of soil conditions, making it perfect for planting in our region.

We take pride in supporting local and regional growers who have dedicated their lives to developing these exceptional plant varieties. Our Garden Design Center is committed to providing our customers with the best quality plants that have been thoroughly evaluated through trials and testing. Whether you need plants that are resistant to pests and diseases, or ones that are suitable for specific soil conditions, we have got you covered.

So come visit our Garden Design Center and discover the wide range of plants sourced from local and regional growers. Our knowledgeable staff will be happy to assist you in selecting the perfect plants for your garden. Get inspired and create a beautiful outdoor space that will bring joy and color to your life all year round.

Gardening 101 Aster

The aster is a popular flower for many local gardeners. This flower is part of the Asteraceae family and comes in a wide range of colors, including white, pink, purple, and even yellow. Asters are known for their daisy-like blooms and attract butterflies, making them a perfect addition to any garden or recreation area.

Asters are fast growers and can grow up to three feet tall. They prefer well-drained soil and are resistant to drought, making them a great choice for gardens in areas with limited water resources. Asters also grow well in full sun, although some can tolerate partial shade.

Local nurseries and garden centers are a great source for purchasing asters. These centers source their plants from local and regional growers, ensuring that the plants are well-suited for the area’s climate. It is important to evaluate the plants before purchasing and choose those that are healthy and disease-resistant.

To plant asters, make sure to prepare the soil by removing any weeds or grass. Dig a hole that is the same depth as the plant’s root ball and slightly wider. Place the plant in the hole, backfill with soil, and gently pat it down to remove any air pockets. Water the aster thoroughly after planting. Asters can be planted in the fall or spring, depending on the region and climate.

When it comes to caring for asters, they require minimal maintenance. Water them regularly, especially during dry periods, and divide or thin them every few years to promote healthy growth. Asters can also be pruned in late summer to maintain a compact shape.

Asters are attractive to wildlife, including butterflies and bees, as they provide nectar. They also serve as a food source for the larvae of monarch butterflies. To attract these beautiful creatures to your garden, consider planting asters along with other butterfly-friendly plants.

In addition to their beauty, asters have a variety of uses. Some varieties, such as the Aster macrophylla, have medicinal properties and are used in herbal remedies. Asters can also be used in floral arrangements and bouquets, adding color and texture to any arrangement.

Overall, asters are a versatile and attractive addition to any garden. Whether you are looking to attract butterflies, add color to your landscape, or provide food for wildlife, asters are a great choice. Visit your local garden design center or nursery to find the perfect aster for your garden.

Cheat Sheet

Garden Design Center sourced from local and regional growers often have a great selection of plants for your garden. One popular choice is the Aster genus, which includes the Aster macrophylla, commonly known as the wood aster. These plants are often cultivated in nurseries and are a great addition to any garden.

The wood aster is a perennial plant that grows in partial shade. It can grow up to three feet tall and has long, hairy stems. The leaves are wide and have a toothed edge. In the late-summer and fall, the wood aster produces flat-topped clusters of white flowers with yellow disks in the center. These flowers attract butterflies and other pollinators.

Another popular aster is the Raydon’s Favorite, which is a cultivar of the native Aster novae-angliae. It has bright purple flowers and is a favorite of monarch butterflies. This aster is also a great addition to a garden, giving it a burst of color in the late-summer and fall.

When planting asters, it’s important to give them enough space to grow. They are known for spreading through stolons, so they may need thinning every few years. Asters are typically easy to care for and are not prone to many pests or diseases. However, they can be susceptible to some fungi issues and may need to be divided every few years to keep them healthy.

In the Piedmont region of America, asters are a common sight in prairie gardens. They are often planted in groups of three or more to create a beautiful display. The wood aster and Raydon’s Favorite are just two examples of the many asters available from local and regional growers. With so many colors and cultivars to choose from, asters are a must-have for any garden.

Key Points:

  • Asters are sourced from local and regional growers.
  • Asters are often cultivated in nurseries.
  • The wood aster (Aster macrophylla) is a popular choice.
  • Raydon’s Favorite is a cultivar of Aster novae-angliae.
  • Asters grow well in partial shade and can attract butterflies.
  • They can spread through stolons and may need thinning.
  • Asters are generally easy to care for but may have fungi issues.
  • They can be divided every few years to keep them healthy.
  • Asters are commonly seen in prairie gardens in the Piedmont region of America.
  • There are many colors and cultivars of asters to choose from.

Keep It Alive

When it comes to keeping your garden thriving, there are three key elements to consider: plant selection, soil quality, and proper maintenance. By paying attention to these factors, you can ensure that your garden remains vibrant and full of life.

Plant Selection

Choosing the right plants for your garden is essential. At our Garden Design Center, we source our plants from local and regional growers who provide a wide variety of options. Native plants are particularly beneficial, as they have adapted to the specific climate and soil conditions of the region. Some examples of native plants that we offer include the Aster novae-angliae, also known as the New England Aster, and the Echinacea purpurea, commonly known as Purple Coneflower. These plants not only add beauty to your garden, but they also serve as food sources for butterflies, moths, and other pollinators.

Soil Quality

The quality of your soil is crucial to the health of your plants. To ensure optimal soil conditions, it is important to choose the right type of soil for your garden. Some plants thrive in well-draining soil, while others prefer moisture-retaining soil. Additionally, amending your soil with organic matter can improve its fertility and structure. Regularly testing the pH level of your soil will also help you determine what amendments or adjustments may be necessary to create the best possible growing environment for your plants.

Proper Maintenance

Proper maintenance is key to the longevity of your garden. This includes regular watering, fertilizing, and pruning. Watering your plants in the morning is recommended, as it allows the foliage to dry off during the day, reducing the risk of diseases. Fertilize your plants at the appropriate time to ensure they receive the necessary nutrients. Additionally, pruning helps to promote healthy growth and prevents overcrowding. By removing dead or diseased branches, you can keep your plants looking their best and minimize the risk of pests and diseases.

By keeping these tips in mind, you can create a garden that thrives all season long. Remember to choose plants sourced from local and regional growers, select the right soil for your garden, and provide the proper maintenance to keep it alive and flourishing. Happy gardening!

Garden Design Center sourced from local and regional growers

The Garden Design Center at our garden center is proud to source our plants from local and regional growers. We believe in supporting our community and promoting a sustainable approach to gardening.

When it comes to sourcing plants, we work closely with growers like Mariana, who specializes in providing high-quality seeds and plants. By sourcing locally, we can ensure that the plants we offer are well-adapted to our specific climate and soil conditions.

One of the plants we source from local growers is the white aster. This beautiful flowering plant is native to North America and requires a minimum amount of maintenance. It is resistant to frost and can thrive throughout the summer months. The white aster is a perfect addition to any garden design.

We also source from regional growers who cultivate various asters, such as the bridal aster and the Piedmont aster. These asters are known for their vibrant colors and ability to attract butterflies and other pollinators. Gardeners, both novice and experienced, will find joy in these asters.

In addition to asters, we source other plants from regional growers, such as the Otto Luyken laurel and macrophylla hydrangeas. These plants are known for their ability to thrive in our region and are constantly tested through botanical trials.

Our garden center also keeps a wide selection of plants that are resistant to common threats, such as rabbits and drought. These plants have been carefully selected from nurseries and growers who prioritize resistance in their cultivars.

When you visit our Garden Design Center, you can rest assured that the plants you choose are sourced from the best local and regional growers. We have done the groundwork to bring you the healthiest and most beautiful plants, keeping your garden alive and thriving.

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Dr Heidi Parkes

By Dr Heidi Parkes

Senior Information Extension Officer QLD Dept of Agriculture & Fisheries.