MONTY’S PLANT OF THE WEEK
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.