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Asters in 1914

Trials of Asters in Sutton's Experimental Grounds at reading in 1914

Trials of Asters in Sutton’s Experimental Grounds at reading in 1914

Back in 1914 Asters were hugely popular with 46 varieties listed in that year’s catalogue taking 6 whole pages.

Sutton’s Ostrich Plume was a key variety – “An extremely graceful Aster with large, loose, feathery heads, unrivalled for table decoration. The branching habit makes this a conspicuous border plant.” The beautiful illustration plate (see below) shows just 4 of the 9 colours available.

The good news is that Suttons still supply this variety in a mix of colours, click here for details.

Aster seeds can be sown outdoors in April and May to flower in late summer.

The simply stunning Ostrich Plume Asters

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About Lis

Our Suttons Blog comes from Lis Wallace, Head of Customer Service here at Suttons since 2002. Living on the edge of Dartmoor Lis has a large and “somewhat tricky” garden split across several levels but with the bonus of a stream tumbling through and a large, fertile veg patch. Across the blog Lis will share some of the knowledge she has gained over the years from her father, from working at Suttons and also from her own trial and error. Storm the Jack Russell is bound to chip in now and then. That’s what terriers do!

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