This is one part in a weekly series featuring the UC Davis Arboretum “New Front Yard” series, 41 drought-tolerant and beautiful plants well adapted to our region.
Point St. George aster
Size: Under 2 feet.
Bloom season: Summer, fall.
Pruning needs: Cut back occasionally to control spreading.
Exposure: Full sun.
Water needs: Once established, water every two to three weeks.
Snapshot: Want a lavender carpet? This pretty California native aster quickly spreads into a lush bed of little soft purple daisy-like flowers. Butterflies love their nectar. Birds flock to their seed. This vigorous perennial can be very aggressive; keeping it on a water diet can help control its rapid growth. You can see specimens in the arboretum’s Mary Wattis Brown Garden of California Native Plants on the UC Davis campus.• For more on the New Front Yard, click on arboretum.ucdavis.edu.
See photo galleries of the arboretum’s Community Favorites and Arboretum All-Stars at sacbee.com/home_garden .