Chrysanthemum, Aster, Echinacea and Salvia - perennial flowers can provide welcome autumn colour both in the garden and indoors. Chrysanthemums, synonymous with Mother's Day, can create a gorgeous petite posy or the larger flowered varieties a huge bunch of blooms.
Easter daisies (Aster novi-belgii) produce masses of dainty flowers in white, pink or mauve and are best picked for a vase when around one third of the flower buds have opened. Commonly used in herbal remedies, echinacea (coneflowers) also make a delightful cut flower.
Sow Yates Echinacea seed in spring for their pretty pink autumn flowers. Perennial salvias are one the floral stars of autumn and they're underused for vase displays. Available in a rainbow of colours from vivid sky-blue to pastel pink and vibrant magenta 'Wendy's wish'. Pick salvia stems for a vase when just a few of the buds have started to open.