I've got a couple of plants that are puzzling me. I'm hoping that someone can tell me what they are.
The first is a plant that I bought this Spring. It was labeled as a Goatsbeard. I didn't think anything about the fact that it didn't produce any flowers this Spring, because it was just planted. Around the middle of the Summer, it began to grow exponentially. Still, I just thought it was finally settling in. Then, last week, I noticed a stalk of yellow flowers growing up in it. At first, I thought it was a weed, and I started to pull it. Then, I noticed that the flowers were on my "Goatsbeard." Sigh, obviously what I have isn't a Goatsbeard at all. I think I'm going to pull it, because it's kind of ugly. Scratch that, it's really ugly. The flowers certainly aren't anything to write home about. But, before I do, I was just wondering if anyone could tell me what it was?
At least I know, basically, what the next plant is. It's an Aster. My Aunt Dottie gave me a start on it several years ago. She told me it was a New England Aster. I don't think so. It's too tall, it's not bushy enough and the flowers are a paler lavender. That said, this one is a keeper. It is so beautiful. I look forward to it blooming every Fall. The rest of the year, its leaves form a very pretty ground cover and are so thick that weeding is never necessary. But, can anyone tell me what kind of Aster it is? By the way, the plants grew this tall AFTER I pinched them back once. Twice maybe next year?
Thanks in advance for any help you can give me.