(Bigleaf Aster, syn. Eurybia macrophylla). A plant that is touted as a tough woodland plant, ideal as a groundcover for shady places and can handle less than ideal soil conditions (it will grow in sandy and clay soils, is drought tolerant, fully hardy). These seed-grown plants are putting up lovely heart-shaped leaves (tinted mauve in the autumn) and I’m looking forward to them flowering. The flowers should be pale to darker mauve and are borne in large clusters. Part to full shade, height 40-100cm, spread 50-90cm. 1 litre pot.