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.