Last week I rhapsodized on Joe Pye Weed. Today I thought I'd feature the whole line-up of fall blooming perennial flowers. Fall bloomers require some patience and pinching, as they hog space all summer, waiting for their cue. But they are often the most spectacular flowers, having had all summer to grow to majestic heights and set tons of buds. Late bloomers, like my favorite Heleniums, may be sleeping beauties most of the season, but they end the garden year with a bang.
If your garden is looking past its prime, check the fall sales at the nurseries or make a note to plant a few fall flowering perennials next spring. Here's my list of even more options for fall color.
Photo: © Marie Iannotti