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Summer colour

Summer is not quite over though; Rudbeckias and Monardas are coming into their own and we have a new batch of Symphyotrichum (Asters) just beginning to flower.  We have a splendid collection of Symphyotrichum novae-angliae (New England aster) in a wonderful range of colours, bomb-proof and mildew free.  Where we can, we like to sell these as small, but well-established plants as their final height of 1m is rather difficult to manage in a pot.  If this is too high for your border, just give them the Chelsea Chop.  They will give your garden a final burst of colour right through to November.

Symphyotrichum includes around 90 species of annuals, biennials and perennials, mostly spread through the Americas, that were formerly included within the genus Aster. Leaves are simple, lance-shaped and entire, but it is their daisy-like flowerheads that they are grown for; central disc florets are typically yellow, surrounded by strap-shaped ray florets in shades of pink, blue, purple or white

Alma Potschke                                                  Lye End Beauty

Barr’s Pink                                                         Marina Wolkonsky

Barr’s Violet                                                       Purple Dave

Harrington’s Pink                                             Purple Cloud

Helen Picton                                                       Rose Sieger

James Ritchie                                                     Ruddlesburg

Lou Williams                                                      Sayer’s Croft



Monarda Fireball at Downside Nurseries

Monarda Fireball at Downside Nurseries

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae 'Septemberrubin'

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae ‘Septemberrubin’

Rudbeckia Cherokee Sunset

Rudbeckia Cherokee Sunset

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