Plant Of The Month: Aster x frikar­tii ‘Monch’

Cornwall Life - - GARDEN MASTERCLASS -

The trouble with most Michael­mas Daisies is that they are ei­ther tall and floppy or plagued with white and pow­der-like mildew.

Not Aster x frikar­tii ‘Monch’. This ro­bust knee-high hy­brid shrugs off dis­ease and best of all blooms from June right through un­til late Novem­ber. The flow­ers are big­ger than the norm – up to an inch and half wide – and thanks to their pale laven­der colour­ing ap­pear to glow ever brighter as the day lengths shorten. Good in pots or as a border edger plant in any or­di­nary gar­den soil in sun­shine. Lovely with other late sum­mer flow­er­ing peren­ni­als such as Rud­beckia, Echi­nacea and grasses too.

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