Gar­den Shop Plant Hunter

Three au­tum­nal asters cho­sen by plant hunter Lark Han­ham

The Daily Telegraph - Gardening - - Notebook -

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).

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