Survey your garden and try to imagine it in spring and summer, and identify dead spots and relocate new perennial divisions to those.
Look at your autumn garden and your borrowed views and maybe add a few echoes of your neighbor’s colorful specimens in your own plantings next spring.
To grow mums as perennials here in the Midwest, it is best to buy small plants in the spring and pinch them back in the summer for more blooms in the fall.
I feel compelled to remember our foremothers during Thanksgiving who have been busy preparing bountiful as well as beautiful Thanksgiving tables.
Now is the time to think about possible additions to the shrubs in your personal landscape.
Fall is really about delayed gratification; we know our perennials will come into flower again as the seasons unfold.
So while we cherish our natives, if we add a Japanese dogwood to our landscape that is a good choice too.
As we walk around our gardens hoping to find that last rose of summer, we are already dreaming of roses yet to come.
This is the season to savor the flowers that are still blooming and to harvest the flowers that dry well for winter arrangements.
Every gardener, who values perennials that bloom in autumn, should have some Japanese anemones.