The first aster plant I bought, the purple flowered one in the first photo, looked a little sad in the discount section of one of my favorite nurseries, Down to Earth in Eugene, Oregon. A birthday present to myself. I would give it a good home and bring it back to life.
How little I knew at that time. It seems these are very sturdy plants, as long as I keep them from the deer, and give them enough water. Oh, yes, and they like to multiply. So I moved the new plants around to different places in the garden. Flowers of the off-spring apparently do not have to be the same color as their parents, as I now have a variety of colors of asters growing. I have not seen the white flowered plant yet this year, but it may be still to come.
In the second picture you can see a moth and a bee appreciating the blossoms. I am careful as I walk among these flowers, as I know the bees and wasps can be easily agitated as the season wears on.
These make great cut flowers, and will keep on blooming if the stems are not cut too short.