Asters For Late Summer Colour

Phineas the puppy in the Long Borders

We’ve been enjoying a glorious couple of weeks of warm and dry weather recently, which has made us realise just how important late summer colour is in the garden. The second flush of roses is always vital in this respect in our garden but over recent years we’ve also made a concerted attempt to bring fresh vibrancy with Asters. We’ve long enjoyed floriferous classics like ‘Little Carlow’ and ‘Monch’ but we’ve recently discovered the dark stemmed beauty of ‘King’s College’ and ‘Winston Churchill’. A recent visit to the wonderful Old Court Nursery and the attached Picton Garden, introduced us to sheer range and versatility of asters and I confess, we got slightly carried away! I highly recommend a visit, as their garden will be at its peak right now.

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