Garden Shop Plant Hunter
Three autumnal asters chosen by plant hunter Lark Hanham
The hardy perennial Michaelmas daises arrive fashionably late in the year. Once known as asters, comprising more than 1,000 different cultivars, many have been reassigned to different plant families. There’s one for every taste and site, although they tend to thrive in full sun and free-draining, fertile soils. Asters extend interest and colour in the garden into late November.
In recent years, breeders have grown dwarf, anti-flop, mildew-resistant hybrids. However, I still love the old heritage asters, which capture attention as they swathe through planting schemes. Spread 16in (40cm).