Asters are a broad group of plants in the composite family, with daisy-like flowers, albeit with narrower petals than most daisies. Asters make popular landscaping plants as they can be grown with little care, and perennial asters will persist through many years. Native asters also make excellent additions to native plant gardens, and their wind-dispersed seeds can help make a home garden have a positive effect on surrounding wild ecosystems.
Most asters are sun-loving species, and either cannot be grown at all in shade, or bloom poorly without good sun.
But asters are a large, diverse group, and their ranks include a handful of species which are adapted to shadier conditions. This page highlights the shade tolerant asters. If you are a gardener who has shady conditions in your yard, but wants to grow asters, this page is for you...get excited, because there are more options than you might have realized!