I did a Google search on China Asters and found a handful of seed sources that I'm going to follow up on for next year's cutting garden. The only caveat to growing them seems to be that you have to use a different spot each year as they are susceptible to soil-borne diseases. I remember growing them from seed easily back when we lived in Massachusetts, but of course that's no guarantee that they'll grow well in the different climate of Washington state.
Chiltern Seeds Semi-dwarf Jewel Asters
Select Seeds Giants of California
Johnny's Selected Seeds Tower Custom Mix
|The tall Amaranthus spikes have lasted, but are less vibrant than they were|
|'Totally Tangerine' Dahlia and NOID Dahlia|
|'Totallt Tangerine' Dahlia looks good with the purple Aster|
|Red and purple China Asters|
I popped into my local thrift store during the week and found this funny little head vase, so I thought I'd stick a single stem of a Dahlia into it as well. That's all it holds, as the hole is very small and narrow.
Cathy at Rambling in the Garden hosts In A Vase on Monday. Check out her post here and all the other posts from bloggers who like to plonk flowers in vases.