I’m joining Gillian at Country Garden UK in her new weekly meme Looking Good in the Garden. She asks us to showcase what’s striking our fancy in our gardens each week and link back to her site, where we’ll see what’s special in other gardener’s plots around the globe.
The bright pink New England aster pictured here I believe is Symphyotrichum novae-angliae ‘Andenken an Alma Pötschke,’ which I’ve had for many years and very slowly has self-sown new plants throughout this bed. It grows to about four feet, then flops over when it blooms. I used to take better care of it, trimming it in early summer to keep it bushy and lower, and placing cages over it to keep it from flopping. The past couple of years I’ve grown lazy and just let it go do its thing and since the only other thing in the bed is Amsonia, it seems to work out.
As I’ve posted in my Monday vases, I’m loving my wild asters, particularly blue wood aster (Symphyotrichum cordifolium). They form abundant mounds of blue-purple that are so pleasing to the eye.
And I can’t go without mentioning the calico asters (Symphyotrichum lateriflorum), shown here with a happy bumblebee and the giant, white, lance-leaved asters (Symphyotrichum lanceolatum) that loom overhead, some over six feet tall, swaying in the breeze like great daisy wands.