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Get sizeable returns with Compact Michaelmas daisies

AS autumn approaches, we’re reminded of a number of things about Michaelmas daisies. Their ability to supply late-season colour, in a vast variety of shades, is evident – as is their appeal to butterflies. And whether we see them flourishing in one of the UK’s fine autumn gardens (such as Warwickshire’s Upton House or Old Court Nurseries in Malvern), or alongside the railway track where they have self-sown, it’s clear that these are not difficult plants to grow.

But their invaluable qualities come with a drawback: the plants tend to be tall, and as a result they flop over and need thoughtful staking to prevent autumn rains dragging

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