Colour matches

Country Life Every Week - - In The Garden -

Aster no­vae-an­gliae types pre­dom­i­nate in the gar­den, tend­ing to be taller, stronger and more mildew-re­sis­tant Michael­mas daisies than their cousins, the Aster novi­bel­gii types. Aster novi-bel­gii Neron, how­ever, is a favourite: ‘It erupts in Septem­ber, with in-your­face ma­genta,’ ex­plains Dr Ward. Asters mix har­mo­niously with each other within their nat­u­ral colour pal­ette. ‘Rich, dark pur­ples, such as Dark De­sire and Vi­o­letta, look bril­liant with softer Har­ring­ton’s Pink or lip­sticky Alma Potschke,’ he en­thuses.

He de­lib­er­ately se­lects pink- and plum-hued grasses that en­hance the asters when in flower. Mis­cant­hus Flamingo, for ex­am­ple, has pink-turn­ing-sil­ver flower plumes that add 6ft shots of colour. The more com­pact, deeper tones of Mis­cant­hus Pur­ple Falls are highly rec­om­mended and in­ter­spersed through­out the beds are wispier grasses such as Molinia Skyracer, smokey-blue Wind­spiel and crim­son-tipped Pan­icum vir­ga­tum Shenan­doah.

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