Plants - Perennials

Late bloomers

Add visual interest to your garden from summer through fall

The late-blooming garden is full, like the gardener's heart, and it's time to think about the spring to come. The author and illustrator Clare Leighton tended Four Hedges, her garden in the Chilterns, into late autumn with an optimism I admire. "Autumn is not the sad time it is supposed to be…it is a season of planning and expectation…even the fallen leaf is food for future years of foliage and fruit, and promises next summer an added colour to the flowers." With so much brightness of petals and swelling of perennial clumps to enjoy, how could we be anything but cheerful? The garden's late bloomers direct our thoughts toward the coming spring, when I fully intend to have my four-season planting plan all worked out.

Brickman's Botanical Gardens, Campanula persicifolia 'Telham Beauty', Echinacea 'Crimson Star', 'White Swan', 'Kim's Knee High', Chelone obliqua, Helenium 'Riverton Beauty', Physostegia 'Miss Manners', 'Vivid', Rudbeckia fulgida 'Goldstrum'.

Brentwood Bay Nurseries, Nepeta x faassenii 'Dropmore', Phlox paniculata 'David', Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii 'Goldstrum', Echinacea 'White Swan', Cimicifuga simplex 'White Pearl', Chelone oblique.

Canning Perennials, Aconitum napellus, Alcea rosea, Campanula persicifolia, Buddleia davidii, Echinacea 'Kim's Knee High', E. 'Kim's Mophead', E. purpurea 'Bright Star', 'Magnus', 'White Swan', Echinops ritro, Ligularia stenocephala 'The Rocket', Lysimachia clethroides, Phlox paniculata, Physostegia virginiana, Scabiosa columbaria 'Butterfly Blue', Veronicastrum virgi-nicum, Cimicifuga simplex 'White Pearl'.

Fraser Thimble Farm, Corydalis lutea, Buddleia davidii, Hosta plantaginea 'Aphrodite'.

The Garden Shed, 5033 Graham Ave., Terrace, B.C. V8G 1B3; 250/638-7697; Aster x frikartii 'Moench', Helenium autumnale 'Bruno', Macleaya microcarpa 'Kelway's Coral Plume', Scabiosa columbaria 'Butterfly Blue', Caryopteris x clandonensis 'Worchester Gold'.

Humber Nurseries, Aconitum napellus, Alcea rosea, Artemisia lactiflora, Lobelia cardinalis, Lysimachia clethroides, Phlox paniculata, Scabiosa columbaria 'Butterfly Blue', Hibiscus syriacus.

JDS Gardens, Aconitum napellus, Aster novae-angliae 'Alma Potschke', Campanula persicifolia, Echinacea purpurea 'Bright Star', 'White Swan', Hosta plantaginea 'Aphrodite', Phlox paniculata.

The Perennial Gardens, Aster x frikartii 'Monch', Corydalis lutea, Echinops ritro, Campanula persicifolia 'Telham Beauty', 'Chettle Charm', Echinacea purpurea 'Magnus', 'White Swan', Helenium 'Butterpat', Veronicastrum virginicum 'Album', Physostegia virginiana 'Bouquet Rose'.

Plant Delights Nursery, Inc., 9241 Sauls Rd., Raleigh, North Carolina 27603; 919/772-4794; Solidago rugosa 'Fireworks'.

The Plant Farm , Hosta 'Royal Standard'.

Sheridan Nurseries, various locations; Physostegia virginiana 'Miss Manner', Phlox paniculata 'David', Hibiscus syriacus 'Ardens', Chelone obliqua.

Sherry's Perennials,P.O. Box 39, Cedar Springs, ON N0P 1E0
519-676-4541 Hosta plantaginea 'Royal Standard', Phlox paniculata 'David', Physostegia 'Vivid', Rudbeckia fulgida 'Goldstrum'.

Veseys Seeds Ltd., Echinacea 'Magnus', 'White Swan', Echinops ritro, Rudbeckia fulgida 'Goldstrum', Chelone obliqua.

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