Late-summer Perennials

Joe Pye Weed is a variety of Eupatorium purpureum that can take some shade and damp soil. In full-sun, Joe Pye will get over 6 feet tall. 'Little Joe' is a shorter selection. Bees and butterflies love 'em.

Joe Pye Weed is a variety of Eupatorium purpureum that can take some shade and damp soil. In full-sun, Joe Pye will get over 6 feet tall. 'Little Joe' is a shorter selection. Bees and butterflies love 'em.

Thread-leaf Coreopsis 'Moonbeam'. Will keep blooming if dead-headed regularly.

Thread-leaf Coreopsis 'Moonbeam'. Will keep blooming if dead-headed regularly.

from left clockwise - Veronica spicata 'First Glory', Veronica 'Purpleicious', and Veronica 'First Love'

from left clockwise - Veronica spicata 'First Glory', Veronica 'Purpleicious', and Veronica 'First Love'

Native prairie flower Liatris 'Blazing Star' - keep moist in full sun.

Native prairie flower Liatris 'Blazing Star' - keep moist in full sun.

Ornamental creeping oregano (Origanum laevigatum) makes a wonderful perennial flower for cutting and drying.

Ornamental creeping oregano (Origanum laevigatum) makes a wonderful perennial flower for cutting and drying.

Oriental 'Golden Star' Lily

Oriental 'Golden Star' Lily

Perennial hibiscus moscheutos get massive but die back to the ground in fall.

Perennial hibiscus moscheutos get massive but die back to the ground in fall.

Garden phlox 'Laura' really is this purple.

Garden phlox 'Laura' really is this purple.

Native Agastache buzzes with bees all day long.

Native Agastache buzzes with bees all day long.

Few garden flowers get as blue as delphinium.

Few garden flowers get as blue as delphinium.

This Eupatorium rugosum 'Chocolate' has the deep purple-red foliage for good contrast in a part-shade border. The white puff of flowers come in very late-September and pick up the twilight beautifully.

This Eupatorium rugosum 'Chocolate' has the deep purple-red foliage for good contrast in a part-shade border. The white puff of flowers come in very late-September and pick up the twilight beautifully.

Native 'Black-eyed Susan' - Rudbeckia fulgida. Now in bloom for weeks and weeks!

Native 'Black-eyed Susan' - Rudbeckia fulgida. Now in bloom for weeks and weeks!

Gaillardia (Blanket Flower) is a great bloomer July through August.

Gaillardia (Blanket Flower) is a great bloomer July through August.

Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) has many hybrid forms and colors now. Get a variety for blooms from late-July through September! Butterflies and bees love them.

Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) has many hybrid forms and colors now. Get a variety for blooms from late-July through September! Butterflies and bees love them.

Hens and chicks (Sempervivum tectorum) add interesting color to dry or rocky parts of the perennial garden.

Hens and chicks (Sempervivum tectorum) add interesting color to dry or rocky parts of the perennial garden.

Coreopsis 'Route 66' has some flashy color. Coreopsis will set fresh blooms if dead-headed regularly. The spent blooms to trim off are the brown nubs that surround this red and yellow bloom. You can see the greenish buds of more flowers just above it.

Coreopsis 'Route 66' has some flashy color. Coreopsis will set fresh blooms if dead-headed regularly. The spent blooms to trim off are the brown nubs that surround this red and yellow bloom. You can see the greenish buds of more flowers just above it.

Don't forget the perennial ferns - this is 'Maiden-hair' but we also have 'Japanese painted fern' and more for damp full shade.

Don't forget the perennial ferns - this is 'Maiden-hair' but we also have 'Japanese painted fern' and more for damp full shade.

Ligularia "The Rocket" is wonderful - late July through August. 'Othello' or 'Desdemona' have the masses of 'rays' or aster-like flowers.

Ligularia "The Rocket" is wonderful - late July through August. 'Othello' or 'Desdemona' have the masses of 'rays' or aster-like flowers.

Astilbe 'pumila' flowers best in moist, 'light' shade where reflected light or dappled light can reach it.

Astilbe 'pumila' flowers best in moist, 'light' shade where reflected light or dappled light can reach it.

Chelone obliqua or 'Turtle-head' is perfect for moist shade.

Chelone obliqua or 'Turtle-head' is perfect for moist shade.

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