A very attractive introduction by us from Yunnan if we do say so. Broad lightly hairy leaves in a dense clump with lots of large soft lavender daisy flowers fringed heavily in very fine petals surround a prominent dark "cone". Doesn't rebloom - just does it right the first time.
Fantastic little plant from South Africa which used to be Aster natalensis but is now in the genus Felicia. We got this from a Scottish alpine nursery in Scotland and know of a rock gardener in northern Norway who raves about it. Tight clumps with blue flowers with a yellow button in June-July. Very hardy. First introduction to the US.
This is an elegant former Aster now placed in the genus Symphyotrichum. This is fine plant with brooding purple-black foliage which provides the perfect backing for the hundreds of small pinkish-beigeish-taupeish flowers, with each one accented by dark pink button of stamens. No staking required and gets about 40" tall.