One of my favorite fall garden plants is the showy Clematis paniculata(C. terniflora). Not only does this beauty cover my old fence boards with hundreds of star shaped white blossoms, it also fills the late summer air with a sweet fragrance.

One of my favorite fall garden plants is the showy Clematis paniculata(C. terniflora). Not only does this beauty cover my old fence boards with hundreds of star shaped white blossoms, it also fills the late summer air with a sweet fragrance.

Hebe 'Youngii' - A compact, spreading, evergreen shrub which is smothered in short spikes of large violet flowers all summer, that gradually fade to white. The tiny leaves are dark green and glossy and often have fine red margins. Its spreading habit makes it ideal for rock gardens, or try it planted en-masse along a path or driveway. Like most hebes, it will flourish in a range of conditions, and once established, it is drought-tolerant, too. The flowers are a magnet for bees and…

Hebe 'Youngii' - A compact, spreading, evergreen shrub which is smothered in short spikes of large violet flowers all summer, that gradually fade to white. The tiny leaves are dark green and glossy and often have fine red margins. Its spreading habit makes it ideal for rock gardens, or try it planted en-masse along a path or driveway. Like most hebes, it will flourish in a range of conditions, and once established, it is drought-tolerant, too. The flowers are a magnet for bees and…

1 Salvia nemorosa 'Caradonna’ from the mildly aromatic silvery green leaves to the violet flower spikes with purple stems. Bees love the flowers that stay looking sharp long after the petals fall, thanks to papery bracts that hold their colour. Dead-heading – either little and often or in one go – encourages new flowering side-shoots till October.  'Caradonna’ loves sun; use it as a purple ribbon through late season grasses or, at 18in (45cm), it is the perfect centrepiece for a pot.

1 Salvia nemorosa 'Caradonna’ from the mildly aromatic silvery green leaves to the violet flower spikes with purple stems. Bees love the flowers that stay looking sharp long after the petals fall, thanks to papery bracts that hold their colour. Dead-heading – either little and often or in one go – encourages new flowering side-shoots till October. 'Caradonna’ loves sun; use it as a purple ribbon through late season grasses or, at 18in (45cm), it is the perfect centrepiece for a pot.

Hardy, shade-loving flowers bring beautiful blooms even to those parts of your backyard that receive little sun.

Hardy, shade-loving flowers bring beautiful blooms even to those parts of your backyard that receive little sun.

beautiful mix of perennial flowers bloom in a wide range of blue, white, yellow, red, and purple colors against a brown, stone, wall

beautiful mix of perennial flowers bloom in a wide range of blue, white, yellow, red, and purple colors against a brown, stone, wall

Vashon Island, WA: Japanese forest grass (Hakonechloa macra 'All Gold') lights up a shadel garden featuring pieris, hellebores and hostas in Froggsong Garden in summer

Vashon Island, WA: Japanese forest grass (Hakonechloa macra 'All Gold') lights up a shadel garden featuring pieris, hellebores and hostas in Froggsong Garden in summer

Verbena bonariensis. Herbaceous perennial. Plant in full sun in well-drained soil. Flowers in summer and autumn.

Verbena bonariensis. Herbaceous perennial. Plant in full sun in well-drained soil. Flowers in summer and autumn.

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