Plant of the Month – September – Aster
September 2, 2016 by James Cooper
In September, the garden can start to look a little weather worn and washed out, especially after a hot,dry spell. Aster frkartii ‘Monch’ is a perfect addition to the autumn garden, bright blue daisy flowers with yellow centres. The insects will love the pollen laden flowers too, so even more reason to plant it.
This Michaelmas daisy variety likes full sun and will grow in most soil types, although avoid water logged ones. Asters can suffer from mildew but this one has good resistance. Don’t forget they work well as a cut flower and will last up to two weeks in a vase.
We like to team this Aster up with a beautiful bottle brush grass, Pennisetum ‘Hameln’, Sedum ‘Herbstfreude’ and evergreen shrub Osmanthus ‘Goshiki’. What a great combination to admire as the garden starts to wane.
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