Garden Flowers

Garden Flowers: Aster ‘Mӧnch’…the daisy that flowers for months

2 Written by Lisa on 14th Oct 2013 in Garden Flowers, Plants

Aster frikartii Monch in October Lisa Cox Garden Designs

This month’s Garden Flowers post, which I write with Rona Wheeldon of Flowerona features Aster ‘Mӧnch’.

Asters are well known for flowering well into the autumn, but few varieties are as long-flowering as Aster ‘Mӧnch’ which usually starts flowering in mid-summer and continues until the first frosts arrive.

Aster frikartii Monch Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Its Latin name is Aster x frikartii ‘Mӧnch’, a deliberate cross made by a Swiss Nurseryman called Frikart in 1918 between Aster amellus (Italian Aster) and Aster thomsonii, a Himalayan species found on dry woodland edges.

It’s a clump-forming herbaceous perennial that grows up to 90cm tall and 40cm wide and prefers a sunny spot in well-drained soil.  It will tolerate a semi-shaded position, but it will be much less likely to reach its full height and spread.

Aster frikartii Monch & Rosa Ballerina Lisa Cox Garden Designs

The tall stems are reasonably strong but they do require some support.  Use bamboo canes or brushwood in early spring to help keep the stems upright.

The lilac flowers look fabulous contrasted with rich autumnal colours.  Think about planting them alongside other mid-late flowering perennials such as Helenium ‘Morheim Beauty’ which has gorgeous burnt orange flowers.

Aster frikartii Monch Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Like all perennials, Asters look better planted in groups of 3 or more.  Repeat planting in swathes will lead your eye through the garden and link your flowerbeds together.

Aster x frikartii Monch Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Now’s a great time to plant because the ground’s still warm so why not check out your local nursery or garden centre and pick up a few things.  You’ll get a much better sense of how your garden will look and feel if you can see the instant effect that this great flower creates.

 

(Words and images: Lisa Cox)

Garden Flowers: Dahlias…adding a splash of colour to your borders

2 Written by Lisa on 9th Sep 2013 in Garden Flowers, Plants

Dahlia Vals Candy at RHS Wisley Flower Show 2013 Lisa Cox

I hope you had a lovely weekend. This month’s Garden Flowers post, which I write with Rona Wheeldon of Flowerona, features the dahlia. Read more

Garden Flowers: Spectacular Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’

0 Written by Lisa on 12th Aug 2013 in Garden Flowers, Plants

White garden at Loseley Lisa Cox Designs

This month’s Garden Flowers post, which I write with Rona Wheeldon of Flowerona, features Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’. Read more

Garden Flowers: Scabiosa caucasica…also known as the Pincushion flower

0 Written by Lisa on 8th Jul 2013 in Garden Flowers, Plants

scabiosa caucasica fama deep blue Muller Seeds

I hope you had a lovely weekend and especially if you’re in the UK, enjoyed our summer weather which has now arrived in earnest. Read more

Garden Flowers: RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2013 – Plant of the Year Award

0 Written by Lisa on 10th Jun 2013 in Garden Flowers, Plants

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This month’s Garden Flowers post, which I write with Rona Wheeldon of Flowerona features the top three new plants in the Plant of the Year Award at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Read more

Garden Flowers: The exquisitely scented lily of the valley…

0 Written by Lisa on 13th May 2013 in Garden Flowers, Plants

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This month’s Garden Flowers post, which I write with Rona Wheeldon of Flowerona, features the lily of the valley. Read more

Garden Flowers: The dainty Snake’s Head Fritillary…

2 Written by Lisa on 8th Apr 2013 in Garden Flowers, Plants

Fritillaria meleagris by Ulf Bodin on Flickr (2)

I hope you had a great weekend… Read more

Garden Flowers: Muscari…the Grape Hyacinth

2 Written by Lisa on 8th Mar 2013 in Garden Flowers, Plants

This month’s Garden Flowers post, which I write with Rona Wheeldon of Flowerona , features the popular spring bulb, the muscari. Read more

Garden Flowers: Bright yellow flowers on bare stems…the Winter Jasmine

2 Written by Lisa on 8th Feb 2013 in Garden Flowers, Plants

This month’s Garden Flowers post, which I write with Rona Wheeldon of Flowerona, features the  winter jasmine, which is also known as Jasminum nudiflorum Read more

Garden Flowers: Viburnum x bodnantense ‘Dawn’…a pretty & scented shrub

0 Written by Lisa on 11th Jan 2013 in Garden Flowers, Plants

This month’s Garden Flowers post, which I write with Rona Wheeldon of Flowerona, features Viburnum x bodnantense ‘Dawn’. Read more

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I specialise in helping families to turn their gardens into an extension of their home and into a space that can be used and enjoyed all year round.

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