New England Aster, Symphyotrichum novae-angliae. This is the first year I've seen Tiger Swallowtails taking interest. It's been an odd year for butterflies in general though. I believe the hornet's nest in my neighbor's tree and yellow jacket's nest in my other neighbor's lawn played a roll in this. Wasps don't often fall for caterpillar tricks, nor do they care about toxins until after they've chewed them up, whereas a bird might damage them in a nonlethal way. Hopefully next year will be better.
New England Aster, Symphyotrichum novae-angliae.
I've had one of these for years and it hasn't spread until recently. I
believe they're not self compatible and thus aren't weedy at all until
more than one is planted. While they haven't become super weeds yet I'm
actually enjoying the color variation. Purple seems to be the dominant
tone, but this one pictured above is slightly paler. I've seen white too
and everything from there to hot pink are all possibilities.
New England Aster, Symphyotrichum novae-angliae, and Solidago rugosa 'Fireworks' make an excellent combination when mixed together.
Blanket Flower, Gaillardia species. I
normally don't go for red flowers but this one is nice enough that I
might put more effort into getting them established in my garden. The
flowers are kind of a hot pink though which suggests to me they might be
Sadly this isn't my tree. This was taken at the Mt. Cuba Center,
where they have like two or three of these small trees growing and
flowering beautify. My little shrub died last year, but I just bought a
new one this year and planted it in a spot that's a little wetter and
more noticeable so hopefully I'll remember to water the thing. They
flower way late in the year, about when things start to dry up so
there's that added stress on the tree making them a little hard to grow
but not impossible.