Be in­spired by… Adorable asters, lus­trous leaves, flam­ing reds and sul­try blues, colour­ful grasses and Ja­panese maples

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ADORABLE ASTERS Team grasses, seed­heads and dahlias with these up­right au­tumn daisies

Asters come in all shapes and sizes but per­haps the most use­ful are the New Eng­land asters, Sym­phy­otrichum no­vae-an­gliae. These tend to be tall, up­right and re­sis­tant to mildew, mak­ing ex­cel­lent part­ners for prairie-style grasses such as mis­cant­hus and cala­m­a­grostis. They also look hand­some jostling in an herba­ceous bor­der like this one at Goltho Gar­dens in Lin­colnshire, adding a flush of bril­liant colour at a time when flow­ers are scarce. Here, three aster cul­ti­vars have been planted en masse, with a mix of grasses and the spent flow­ers of achil­lea and echinops. Dahlia ‘Karma Choc’ adds a dark note in the fore­ground, along­side pink hy­lotele­phium.

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