THE PICTON GARDEN, Colwall

The Picton Garden occupies a large area of Old Court Nurseries, where Ernest Ballard first grew his Perennial Asters or Michaelmas Daisies in 1906. Plants raised by Ballard and those of many other breeders now grow in the garden as part of the Plant Heritage Collection of Autumn Flowering Asters, specifically cultivars of Symphyotrichum novii-belgii.

cultivars of Symphyotrichum novii-belgii with mixed perennials beyond
Symphyotrichum novi-belgii cultivars – more than 120 years of breeding has resulted in a diverse multitude of plants in various heights and colours, combining to give us one of the best floral displays in the early autumn months. Ten cultivars of Symphyotrichum novi-belgii
(New York Aster) are displayed in the gallery below. Clicking on a picture will bring up a larger image.

Around the Garden

in the sunny, heart of the garden European and Asiatic Asters and North American Symphyotrichum cv’s grow alongside many other herbaceous perennials
Move on to the shaded perimeters of the garden and discover many surprises, such as The Giant Chain Fern – Woodwardia unigemmata
Clerodendron bungei

OCTOBER 2019

The Jubilee Border in early October
Ross has provided a colourful welcome for visitors to the garden, from his collection of succulents and other tender plants
Kniphofia rooperi – a dramatic, fiery explosion at the end of our season
Symphyotrichum cultivars with small flowers – based on hybrids between several species these delightful plants create graceful sprays with clouds of flowers in October
Symphyotrichum ‘Coombe Fishacre’ – a cultivar based on S. lateriflorum. Mounds of tiny, pink blossoms with red-purple centres
Symphyotrichum ‘Little Carlow’ – a cv. with larger flowers, derived from S. cordifolium. A plant with a tough constitution and long flowering season which has become a must have plant for every garden.
Rudbeckia fulgida var. deamii – still flowering well into October. Mixes well with michaelmas daisies, providing a bright highlight.
Rudbeckia subtomentosum – much taller than R. deamii’ and standing above ( or behind ) all michaelmas daisies, except those of exceptional height.
Rudbeckia subtomentosa ‘Henry Eilers’

IN SUNNY AREAS

Unusual Companions – succulents and Symphyotrichums
Persicaria vaccinifolia
Solidago caesia

IN SHADED AREAS

Tricyrtis hirta
Hydrangea Aspera
Streptocarpus bedded out for the summer
Nipponanthemum japonicum
Cornus ‘Eddies White Wonder
Colchicum’ Glory of Hemstede’ with Saxifraga fortunei ‘Wada’
dappled shade cast by Magnolia dawsoniana

TWO COLOUR THEMED GARDENS

SILVER GARDEN
BLACK AND WHITE GARDEN
VIEW FROM THE BLACK AND WHITE GARDEN

This one did not make it to the show

Helen’s lovely waterfall of Symphyotrichum ericoides ‘Snow Flurry’ refused to open for the end of September. But,here it is in full glory on 10th of October. ‘Yvette Richardson’ is on either side and other blue flowered cv’s are behind