At this time last year we had decided to visit Picton Garden and Old Court Nurseries in Worcestershire, in the last week of September. Unfortunately fate stepped in, as this was when the undergardener was rushed into hospital. Last week, a year later, we decided to make our belated visit to the garden and nursery to see the National Collection of Asters as I was wanting a couple for the border by the field.
The National Collection itself was in a separate area of the garden. As soon as we turned into the car park, it all looked so familiar, I realised that we had been here before, about 17 yrs ago when we were on holiday in the Malvern area!
We decided to visit the garden first, which had lots of late summer flowers and bulbs as well as the Asters. Here in the UK asters are also known as Michaelmas daisies as they flower round about the feast of St Michael on September 29th, today. Their botanical name has changed again, but for the purpose of this post, I will still call them Asters!
I have never seen an Hakonechloa looking so good , it was easily 3ft in diametre, my little one that was only planted this spring won’t have enough room to spread. Decisions to be made, do I move it or the plants around it?!
The planting behind the asters set off the asters in front.
In this view there were dahlias and chrysanthemums in between the asters.
It was love at first sight when I spied the Catalpa in amongst the asters. I’m thinking it would look superb with dark blue agapanthus around it before the asters start flowering and with maybe some dark blue salvias for company.
I was also very taken with these willow balls, dotted amongst the flowers. I’m thinking of all the red stemmed Cornus stems that I cut back each March, I’m sure I would have enough to make a few balls each year.
The willow sculpture was made by the same lady that made the willow balls. Love the circle of Ophiopogon planiscapus nigrescens.
Drinking deeply was this Comma butterfly on the Eupatorium maculatum Atropurpureum.
All the best looking borders had at least 2 if not 3 groups of plants, one behind the other.
The Japanese Anemone had flopped forward into the Aster, but don’t they look nice growing together.
I need some late flowering bulbs in pots for the gravel garden at the back, this is giving me ideas!
Lots of asters for sale, but none of the ones that I had photographed, intending to buy. One little deep pink one came home with me and will be planted in the border by the field which will become my late summer border after I have split plants from various other parts of the garden.
It dawned on me while we were visiting, when we came 17 yrs ago, we visited I think in July when on holiday there, afterwards we parked on the Malvern Hills and had a good walk with views for miles around. The garden didn’t leave a lasting impression at the time because it is obviously planted up to be a late summer garden, I was far more impressed this time and was so glad to have seen it at the proper time of year!