Aster frikartii “Mönch”

Late summer welcomes the first of my two asters into bloom:

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I always have mixed feelings when the asters start to flower because it means that summer is definitely on its way out, but I certainly can’t deny the charm of their simple daisy forms, and the resilience that carries them all the way through to the first frosts, whenever they might arrive.

Mönch is a particular old favourite of mine with its profusion of 2-inch wide lavender blooms, but at 3 foot tall it needs support, even this year when I experimented with the “Chelsea Chop”, cutting it back by half at the end of May in an attempt to produce a more compact , better-behaved plant (didn’t work!).  Sprawling habit aside, it’s a relatively undemanding plant for a sunny spot – it does need thorough watering in dry spells, I find – that provides an excellent foil for the bright yellows, oranges and reds of late summer and early autumn, so well worth its place in my small garden.

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Posted on August 29, 2013, in Plant Profiles and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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