Gardens don’t need to be abandoned after August. Here is proof in these late flowering borders.
Above- “Candles” canna, zinnias, and “Miss Huff” lantana.
The native New Hampshire Showy Goldenrod (Solidago speciosa), shown below-
Canna “Pretoria” above, and the Late border in front of the old red schoolhouse below.
The grass in the foreground is “Standing Ovation”, a Little bluestem. Most late blooming perennials are composites, and as beautiful as they are, need the contrast of tender salvias and ornamental grasses to provide contrast and prevent monotony.
A note- “Pretoria” canna- available on line from Horn Cannas. Canna “Candles”, available on line from Karchesky Cannas.