Relax into autumn with asters
Intermingle pinks and blues with grasses to create a softly layered effect. Helen Billiald shows how to plant them
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?