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Late Season Beauty, Fall Perennials

Mums and asters are favorite fall flower but there are many more fall beauties to choose from.

Autumn Joy is probably one of the best known sedums but there are lots of cultivars that reach their peak in fall.

Consider Angelina sedum. Its chartreuse foliage looks good also season and often turns amber in fall and winter.

Willow amsonia has blue flowers in spring, nice foliage all season finishing off the year with a yellow glow.

Goldenrod, one of our native plants, has lots of attractive cultivars, like Fireworks. Its good in the garden or as a cut flower.

False aster, boltonia, is a graceful addition to the fall garden with it fine texture and open growth habit.

For shady damp sites consider turtlehead. A close look at the flowers reveals the source of its common name.

Another shade tolerant fall bloomer is Brunette bugbane. The white fragrant flowers dance above the colorful foliage.

A bit more information: Add to the colorful fall display with some shrubs known for their fall color. Chokeberry (Aronia) will tolerate shade and moist soils and provide a rich red in the landscape. Many of the viburnums provide several seasons of interest including fall color that ranges from yellow, red, purple or a combination of all three. Virginia sweetspire (Itea) has yellow, orange or red fall color that persists into late fall. Common witchhazel's yellow fall foliage gives way to fragrant yellow flowers that can last into early December.

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