Re­lax into au­tumn with asters

In­ter­min­gle pinks and blues with grasses to cre­ate a softly lay­ered ef­fect. He­len Bil­liald shows how to plant them

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and grasses Min­gle pink and blue flow­ers with grasses to cre­ate a soft, lay­ered ef­fect

There’s an un­wind­ing and loos­en­ing to au­tumn that’s miles apart from spring’s gal­lop­ing haste and the self-con­scious dis­plays of sum­mer. Few plants do un­but­toned beauty bet­ter than the sea­son’s asters, or sym­phy­otrichums as some of the plants (in­clud­ing Michael­mas daisies) have been rather awk­wardly re­named. The com­bi­na­tion of del­i­cate slen­der petals on masses of flow­ers is a po­tent one. Part­ner them with bronzed grasses and ir­re­press­ible dahlias with a frill of heucheras and tum­bling gera­ni­ums at their feet, and po­si­tion them where they’ll catch the low-rak­ing sun­light. Who cares if the days are get­ting shorter, when they’re filled with sights as gor­geous as this?

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