CULTIVATION _ Asters are most often used now as filler in bouquets and as a delicate accents in gardens. They grow best in rich, wet soil in direct sun _ partial shade, and should be thinned and replanted every two years. Because Asters grow in thick bunches, they can be separated and replanted in gardens in the spring. Asters bloom from mid summer _ early fall and are a perfect choice for a fall wedding bouquet.
South African protea, gerbera and leucospermumin subtle tones of rich pinks and oranges combined with folded pandanas leaves in a simple hand_tied design is an unusual arrangement which would be suitable for any occasion. Striking bouquets made from tropical red heliconia flowers in a variation of sizes and interspersed with tropical palm leaves are flamboyant and chic. Muted creamy Cala lilies with intricately placed foliage can be produced to make a real personal statement. Bird of Paradise flowers with their striking blue and orange colors artistically placed in a trendy vase and simply complimented with a single gerbera in the same burnt orange is remarkably stunning.