The spindly growth of a young ‘Frost Aster’ isn’t very attractive, but the sunny, yellow faces and white petals that surround them sure brighten up these boring days in the garden. Resist the urge to pull this weed from your garden at this time of the year, here’s why.
‘Frost Aster’ is one of the few Fall-blooming plants around and as a result they become an important source of forage for a number of urban bees (honeybees, bumblebees, solitary bees) before winter arrives. Being a wildflower it doesn’t require much, if any, care in the garden.If you garden naturally you won’t need to spray this plant for diseases like powdery mildew. If left to grow the juvenile plants eventually fill out and make pretty decent shrubs and a nice addition to a wildflower garden.
If you feel you must absolutely weed ‘Frost Aster’ from your garden think about just cutting down the foliage to remove the seeds after the blooms have been pollinated. Leaving the roots in the ground allows the plant to come back the next year without spreading seeds all over your garden.