As September has arrived the aster border at Upton has been blooming! Upton is home to part of the National Collection of Asters, which was started in 1940s by Miss Elizabeth Allen. The collection was one of the first to be recognised by the National Council for the Conservation of Plant and Gardens, and to ensure the future of the collection a home was sought for these plants. Upton House and Gardens was one of these places, along with a private garden near Leeds.
Today you can see the the collection we have, of nearly 100 species, grouped just next to our Kitchen Garden. Here the plants are grouped by species, with the varieties in alphabetical order.
The border at Upton shows the flowers arranged in a more traditional way, mixed with other late flowering plants such as miscanthus chrysanthemums and roses. We have a variety of asters in our border, and you can find out more information if you visit our Aster Fortnight which is on until the end of September. Our highlights are aster amellus, aster cordifolius and aster ericodes.
If you come and visit, we would love to see your photos of our asters. Share with with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram #UptonAsters.