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Perennials for Fall Color and Interest

Squeeze the most out of the fading season with these vibrant autumn performers

The deep purple of ‘Purple Dome’ asters creates a striking contrast with ‘Fireworks’ goldenrod. Photo: Mary Ann Newcomer

I love autumn. It’s my favorite time of year. It’s time for wool socks, sweaters, the low, warm light of the autumnal equinox, the smell of spices in the kitchen, and the colors of the garden. It’s time to get out your garden notebook or calendar and make note of what worked this year and what didn’t, or to take note of what you want to add for fall color next year. Here’s a place to start.

‘Karl Foerster’ feather reed grass
‘Karl Foerster’ feather reed grass pairs well with ‘Matrona’ sedum. Photo: Mary Ann Newcomer

Ornamental grasses are a fall garden’s best friend

Whether you like riotous colors, trees that glow, or ethereal golden grasses, even the smallest garden space can be lit up with careful plant placement. Ornamental grasses were made for autumn. They positively glow with the low setting sun of fall. Plant them where they…

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