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Garden Plants For Fall Color

When we think of gardens, most people picture a spring or summer garden. Very few, and they are the experienced avid gardeners, can picture a garden in Fall. Any successful garden design should incorporate plants that add color and interest through foliage or structure during spring and summer but also put on a spectacular color show when other plants are beginning to fade. Following are a few of the tried and true perennials that are guaranteed to keep your garden vibrant throughout Fall.

Sedum Autumn Joy

This is a true classic perennial and should be in every garden. It grows in full sum to part shade and requires very little care. Cutting back dead stalks in the spring is all it needs. It works great in mass at the front of a border where the succulent like dark green leaves add interest throughout the summer. In late Summer it begins to grow flower heads that look like broccoli which then begin to turn pink, then red and finally rust colored as it moves through Fall. The flower heads make great dried flowers for using in arrangements.

Pineapple Sage (Salvia Elegans)

Pineapple Sage, because of its height 36" to 48", needs a lot of space but does well at the back of a border. If planted at the back though, make sure it has plenty of room to grow as it has a tendency to spread and cover up smaller perennials growing in front of it. Being one of the few plants that can actually handle full sun in the south and still does well in partial shade, makes it ideal for most areas except those with full shade. Although this plant is wonderful in a perennial bed, being in the sage family it is also great for cooking.

Joe Pye Weed (Eupatorium Maculatum)

Joe Pye Weed is a spectacular addition for the back of perennial border. You may have seen it growing wild by the side of the road and didn't realize what it was, but once you see this plant growing in a garden you will have to have it in yours. Joe Pye Weed will grow to a height of 5 to 8 feet. There are several dwarf varieties now available if you don't have the space for taller varieties. The strong erect stems are wine red and clothed in toothed leaves. Beginning in late

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