Plant of the Week: Aster

Plant of the Week: Aster

If your garden is lacking a certain something right now, brighten up your life with a helping of late-summer asters. Low-maintenance and long-flowering, they'll make your borders sparkle from September to the first frosts, and there's a wonderful choice now in flower in our garden centre - come and take your pick!

Longest-flowering of them all is the ever-popular Aster x frikartii 'Mőnch', growing to around 1m tall with masses of lavender-blue flowers. But there are dozens more: keep an eye out too for 'Autumn Days', a novi-belgii type with large light purple flowers, and A. novae-angliae 'Annabelle de Chazal' in soft rose pink with a yellow eye.

Fallen leaves

Make sure you keep on top of raking up fallen leaves. If these are left in the garden they will cause young plants and grass to rot, as well as blocking up drains! This can be kept on the compost heap as leaf mould makes nutritious compost to be dug into the garden at a later stage.;;

Garden Buildings Surrey

Ripley Nurseries has an extensive range of garden buildings ready to view! any style any size built to order. Visit our garden centre near Guildford & Woking to look at our range of garden sheds & summer houses. After visiting our display garden buildings be sure to visit our Farm Shop for your local fruits & veg. Serving the local community since 1895 Wisley, Send, Horsley, Clandon, Cobham, Byfleet, Esher, Woking, Weybridge & surrounding areas.

Looking after garden birds

Birds are often a mixed blessing in the garden: they'll swipe your berries, but while they're at it they'll also strip aphids from your roses, eat small slugs and hoover up caterpillars too. On the whole, they do far more good than harm: and besides, they're lovely to watch as they flit around…

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