Fall is the time to be thinking about next spring and especially which new spring-blooming bulbs to plant.
Some speedwells are low growing but most are upright with flower spires of blues, violets, pinks and whites.
Late last fall I bought a lot of perennials at the end of October, and not one of them came back this past spring.
Silver-leaved plants like Artemisia and sage are heat and drought tolerant as well as being unappetizing to deer and rabbits.
Common names for these wonderful plants are Christmas rose or Lenten rose, depending on the species and time of bloom.
As well as wonderful quotations, C. L. Fornari's handy book contains a lot of useful advice.
In my Midwestern garden amsonia's yellow foliage (not shown in this picture) is a welcome accent in the late autumn landscape.
Adult butterflies linger in our gardens longer when we have the types of plants on which they can lay their eggs.