"April prepares her green traffic light and the world thinks GO." - Christopher Morley
Sage and lavender are used extensively in perennial borders but there is another, hyssop, that deserves more attention than it currently receives.
Plants that have flower spikes are useful as they provide vertical interest both in the gardens and in a vase.
At this time of the year the graceful cimicifugas point their spires of tiny white flowers towards the sky.
Scabiosa, originally known as "Sweet Scabious," was a plant that was first domesticated in herb gardens as a cure for the "scabious" which means itch.
The leaves of Georgia Blue Veronica are small and dark green and turn a burgundy-bronze shade in winter.
Learn about the diversity of Island Flower beds on this Focus on Flowers.
There are some perennials that provide an added bonus of foliage that changes color in the fall.
Cool fall days give gardeners the incentive to divide perennials, so that new starts can be established before the winter.
I love it for its wealth of golden flowers, which fill my vases from mid summer to mid fall.