MONTY’S PLANT OF THE WEEK

Irish Daily Mail - - Gardening -

ASTER DI­VAR­I­CA­TUS We think of an aster as be­ing a sun­shinelov­ing daisy but Aster di­var­i­ca­tus will thrive in par­tial or even full shade, where its froth of small, white flow­ers can shine out. It has a del­i­cacy not nor­mally as­so­ci­ated with this group of plants and has the added ad­van­tage of tol­er­at­ing quite dry soil. I re­gard it as a gar­den es­sen­tial. While one plant can be in­signif­i­cant, a drift or group makes a su­perb show in a dif­fi­cult cor­ner. It stands about 45cm tall and looks very good mixed in with neigh­bour­ing plants, with the starry flow­ers al­ways held above the fo­liage and stems.

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