There are many members of the genus "Astilbe" that can provide white, pink and reddish-pink blooms in shade, or sun, if they have ample moisture.
This hard working plant was a mainstay in our grandparents' gardens.
Whether you prefer the large hyacinths that are synonymous with the Dutch, or the smaller ones beloved by the Brits, do plant some hyacinth bulbs this fall.
Every gardener, who values perennials that bloom in autumn, should have some Japanese anemones.
Greek frescoes from the second millennium B.C. show what is believed to be the earliest known representation of a rose.