Garden industry trade body, the HTA, has chosen Aster as its plant of the month for September.
Tying in with its "Plan it, Plant it" autumn gardening campaign, Aster is one of the top ten herbaceous border plants that can be planted during the autumn.
Aster x fikartii ‘Monch’ is traditionally lavender blue and has flowering period from mid- summer through to late autumn and continues until the first hard frost. Aster Achillea millefolium and Echinacea purpurea look good with these daisies and add variety to any border.
Other popular varieties include Aster Bahamas, Barbados, Ibiza, Samoa, Tonga which come in rich purples and pink. All varieties make for good cut flowers and are easy plants for beginners to try in the garden.
The plant of the month is nominated and agreed upon by growers and retailers.
The campaign highlights the plants that are widely available and looking especially good in garden centres each month.
Plant of the month point of sale materials can be purchased through HTA partners Hortipak and Floramedia.