A perfect addition to the autumn garden, hardy chrysanthemums are some of the last perennials to flower before the onset of winter. With sumptuous colours they combine well with grasses and look gorgeous in a cottage style border with foliage tints, fruits and berries and look magical when backlit by a low sun or on a misty morning.
Many varieties of hardy chrysanthemums have a long history and although considered unfashionable for a number of years, Hardy Plant Society members have helped to ensure their survival through the Conservation Scheme, working alongside Plant Heritage, so that they are now becoming deservedly popular again.
Find out more about these easy and reliable plants in the new HPS booklet on Hardy Garden Chrysanthemums written by Judy Barker. Judy holds part of the Dispersed National Collection along with Hill Close Gardens in Warwick and Dr Andrew Ward of Norwell Nurseries, and she will be visiting Hill Close on Saturday 27th October for their Chrysanthemum Day when more than 70 varieties will be in bloom (for more information go to www.hillclosegardens.com). Booklets will be available to buy on the day or through the HPS website.