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

April 12, 2014 – 04:57 am

Aster-x-frikartii-Monch-Lisa-Cox-Garden-DesignsI hope you had a lovely weekend…

We had friends and family around on Saturday to celebrate a milestone birthday for my husband and had such a lovely evening!

This week, we’re going to start off with my monthly Garden Flowers post, which I write with garden designer Lisa Cox. And it 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.

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.

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.

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.

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... the party is over ...

by that, I mean summer is over and fall, with it's chilly nights, is triggering the passing of my flower garden.
I don't normally post here but couldn't help myself with having just arranged my last bouquet from an annual flower garden.
I have gleaned and saved flower seeds for nearly 40 years -- cosmos, sunflower, zinnea, love in a mist, poppy, nasturium, aster, snapdragon, calendula, marigold, morning glory and a host of colorful wildflowers.
I have shared my seeds and floral bouquets with friends, neighbors and strangers.
I have...

Moon Garden...Wav

Taking plant sugestions for my up-coming moon garden(CNY)....
I already have in mind the following:
1) Queen Anne's Lace
2) Shasta Daisy
3) Wave Petunia
4) Geranium (White)
5) Lambs Ear
6) Moon Flower (Jipsum Weed)
7) Aster
8) ConeFlower (White)
Anyone have annual, or most importantly, perrenial suggestions? Im wide open to ideas. Fall bulbs are a thought aswell.

As Davy Crockett said, "You may all go to

Hell, and I will go to Texas." Lawd, I do miss Texas.
But to stay on the gardening topic, there is a lovely book, Gardening in South Texas, by Renton, Newcomer, and Bates. Out of print.
For August, these are the flowers recommended for starting from seed:
"Aster, Bell of Ireland, Calendula, Candytuft, Canterbury bell (annual only), Cosmos, Delphinium (perennial), Hollyhock, Pansy, Petunia, Snapdragon, Stock, Sweet William, Tithonia (sacred flower of the Incas), Wallflower, and Zinnia." p. 25 And, I am sure, there are many more.

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