We are having such glorious September weather that it is a joy to be outside and the flowers just keep on coming. This is the month that Michaelmas daisies, sorry Symphyiotrichum really get going, and they are going to brighten up our gardens right through October.
I would like to introduce my top ten Asters.
I love small flowered ones and my favourite is ‘Little Carlow’. It is a hybrid with nova-belgii and cordifolius parents.It has masses of little lilac blue flowers with a lovely dark centres. I grow it with Persicaria amplexicaulis ‘Blackfield’.
A close second is Aster cordifolius ‘Ideal’, this has a profusion of even smaller lavender flowers. It is very similar to Aster ‘Photograph’ which I showed you in a recent post.
Aster laterifolius horizontalis ‘Lady in Black’ has even smaller flowers. It is very similar to ‘Prince’. It has lovely dark foliage and little white flowers with pink centres.
I have recently bought another Aster with really dark foliage called ‘Glow in the dark’, but I won’t include it in my top ten because it is not in flower yet.
Obviously Aster frikartii ‘Monch’ has to come in the top ten because its lovely, large blooms with yellow centres flower for so long. They start in July and are still looking good now. Behind the one in my picture is Aster pilosus var. pringlei ‘Monte Cassino’. This has feathery foliage and white flowers with yellow centres which are not out yet but they won’t be long now. They last for ages.
At number six, although I love it so much, it should be at number one, along with ‘Little Harlow’ we have ‘Le Vasterival’. It is a very elegant, tall growing Aster with dark, plummy coloured stems. The flowers are delicate shade of not-quite- pink, difficult to describe but very pretty.
I don’t grow any Aster novi- belgii because they tend to suffer from mildew. Aster novae-angliae are much healthier. I love the deep, rich colour of the stems and flowers of ‘Rougham Purple’ which was bred in Suffolk.
Asters in dark rich shades are so beautiful and I have Aster novae-angliae ‘Marina Wolkonsky’ in deepest violet.
I showed you ‘Harrington’s Pink’ recently but this does not come in my top ten because the colour is a bit wishy-washy. I much prefer the deep rose-pink of ‘Andenken an Alma Potschke’.
Another lovely, rich colour is ‘Septemberrubin’. Again I don’t know what you would call it, purple -red perhaps or even magenta.
That seems to be ten but I have a couple more I just have to mention. I didn’t realise how many asters I had until I started this post. I can’t miss out beautiful Aster amellus ‘King George’. I believe it is quite an old one but it is so reliable and always full of bees.
I’ll finish with a lovely one with beautiful, red- coloured leaves in Autumn. It is Aster ‘Primrose Path’.
I should perhaps have mentioned ‘Purple Dome’ because it is a lovely colour and such a neat shape for the front of the border. I wrote about it on in earlier post though.
So that is my selection of Asters. I was going to join in with ThePatientgardener’s End of the Month View meme this month but I got side -tracked by my asters. Incidentally, all of these asters are very healthy with no trace of mildew.
I would love it if you would tell me which asters you are enjoying at the moment. I shouldn’t really add to my collection but if you have a really gorgeous one please tell us about it. Maybe I have room for just one more.