The daisy border wakes up

Like a fairytale princess the daisy border is stretching her limbs and opening her eyes, welcoming the sunshine which seems to have finally arrived.

Aster umbellatus, like a bridesmaid leads the way, opening its tiny dainty flowers before all the others.  A mass of insects which hide when the camera appear.  It is tall, adding height and a delightful counterpoint to the Calamgrostis overdam take form the backbone of the border.

Aster ‘Sara (I think) has now demurely joined in.  You almost miss it in the border, the flowers are so subtle but when you look, really look, it is a really beautiful flower. Although prone to toppling on my slope.

Leucanthemum ‘Broadway Lights’ at the foot of the slope,  due  to its more diminutive nature, helps to hide the feet of some of the taller leggier plants.

Finally Verbena bonariensis, whilst not a daisy, it helps to add interest to the grasses at the back of the border and attracts more pollinators.

This is just the beginning there is echineau and heleniums beginning to flower so hopefully in another week or so the daisy slope will really come into its own.

12 Comments on “The daisy border wakes up

  1. I also love asters. I think my favorite is short’s aster in shade (blue flowers, very floriferous), and New England aster in sun. A couple of my species are blooming now but the big show here is at least a couple weeks away. Really enjoyed looking at your blog.

  2. Yvonne – NZ – Thanks for the correct name of the little white aster!! There were lots in the Monach butterfly house we visited. The monachs just loved it. I’ve been trying to buy one. I pinched some seeds but have not been successful yet in growing them! Very tiny seeds – on my windowsill so nurture carefully – BUT – not up yet!!

  3. These are truly beautiful daisies. I like the the way you have taken the time to explain what makes each of them beautiful.

  4. Lovely. Our first aster to flower so far is A. frikartii Monch. I’m quite tickled that there is one with my name though, and pretty flowers indeed.

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