ASTERACEAE, The Daisy family
Dark purple foliage makes this aster unusual. It a pretty foil for the white flowers with pink and yellow speckled centers. I’ve seen similar asters as a hedge at Great Dixter, and I used the idea for the front garden of a restored arts and crafts bungalow. The client wanted enclosure and framing around the house, but not a fence. An artist friend offered to build a custom gate for her, which he did. And I designed a wide bed to enclose a half circle of lawn, with a Cercis ‘Forest Pansy’ on the left to balance an existing weeping pussy willow on the right. On either side of the gate tall perennials and grasses form an informal hedge, these plants include this aster, Miscanthus ‘Morning light,’ Ceanothus ‘Blue Sapphire’ and Echinacea purpurea. Also in the front garden are Japanese painted fern and Japanese forest grass, Erygium (Sea holly), Heuchera (Coral bells) and Penstemon ‘Husker red’.