September & Beyond
Name Common name Cultivar Colors Height Blooming Floral Comment
Achillea millefoilium 'Fire King' *** Red 18-36" May-Nov F/ Deadhead
Aconitum 'Arendsii' Arend's Monkshood Intense Blue 36-48" Sept-Oct Large  
Actaea (Cimicifuga) matsumurae
(A. simplex & A. ramosa are now A. matsumurae )
Kamchatka Fairy Candles White 36-48" Sept-Oct F/ Frag Latest in flower
Allium thunbergii var. Ozawa Bright Purple 12" Sept-Oct 1 1/2-2" hds Bronzy in autumn
Anemone hupehensis *** Japanese Anemone Pink, Rose, Mauve 24-48" Sept-Oct F/ Wonderful bushes
Anemone x hybrid *** Hybrid Japanese Anemone Pink, White, Rose 30-60" Aug-Oct F/ Wonderful bushes
Aster amellus `Rudolph Goethe' Aster Dp Lavender Violet 24-36" Aug-Oct F/  
Boltonia asteroids far. latisquama False Chamomile White, Violet, Pink 24-36" Aug-Nov F/ N
Cassia hebecarpa Wild Senna Yellow 36-72" July-Aug F/ N
Ceratostigma plumbaginoides Blue Plumbago Rich Violet Blue 6-12" Aug-Oct Burgundy Calyx & Autumn Lvs.  
Chelone glabra White Turtle Head White to Pale Pink 24-36" June-Aug F/ N
Chelone lyonii Pink Turtle Head Rose, Purple 24-36" June-Aug F/ N
Chelone obliqua Rose Turtle Head Pink 24-36" Aug-Sept F/ N
Leucanthemum nipponicum Nippon Oxeye Daisy White 18-30" Oct-Nov F/ Glossy Lvs
Chrysopsis mariana Shaggy Golden Aster Yellow 36-66" Aug-Sept F/ 2" N
Clematis terniflora Autumn Sweet Clematis White 60-144" Sept-Oct Frag Vine
Colchicum *** Colchicum Lav-Pink, Rose, White 4-10" Sept-Oct F/ Frag Spring foliage  
Crocus speciosus *** Autumn Blooming Crocus Blue, Purple, White 2-6" October F/ Frag Spring foliage
Dendranthema x grandiflorum *** Hardy Mums Mixed 12-48" Sept-Oct F/  
Eurybia (Aster) divaricata Woodland Aster White 24-36" Aug-Oct F/ N Shade loving
Eurybia (Aster) macrophylla Bigleaf Aster Pale Blue to Violet 36-48" Aug-Sept F/ N
Eutrochium (Eupatorium) fistulosum Joe Pye Weed Purple 48-60" Aug-Oct F/ N  
Eutrochium (Eupatorium) maculatum Spotted Joe Pye Flower Purple 24-72" Aug-Oct F/ N  
Eutrochium (Eupatorium) perfoliatum Common Boneset White 50-60" Aug-Oct F/ N INV  
Eutrochium (Eupatorium) purpureum Joe Pye Flower Pink to Purple 72-124" Aug-Sept F/ N  
Hamamelis virginiana Autumn Witchhazel Yellow 10-20' Oct-Nov F/ Frag N
Helenium autumnale Helen's Flower Gold, Red, Orange 24-60" July-Oct F/ N
Helenium hoopesii Helen's Flower Yellow, Red, Orange 24-30" Aug-Sept F/ 3" N
Helianthus angustifolius *** Swamp Sunflower Yellow 60-84" Sept-Oct. F/ N
Hemerocallis Daylily *** All expect true blue 18-72" Aug-Oct. F/  
Heptacodium miconioides Seven Son Tree White w/Rose Calyx 15-25' Sept-Oct Frag  
Hosta plantanginea *** August Lily *** Large White 24-36" Aug-Sept F/ Frag ~Lilies  
Hylotelephium (Sedum) spectabile Showy Stonecrop Purplish Pink 18-24" Aug-Sept F/D/    
Hylotelephium (Sedum) telephium Orpine Coppery Indian Red 15" Aug-Sept F/D/ N
Indigofera kirilowii *** Chinese Indigo Rose-pink 3-5' Aug-Oct   Die back
Indigofera pseudotinctoria Rose Carpet Indigo Rose-pink 10-24" Aug-Oct   Die back
Ionactis (Aster) liniariifolius Stiff Aster Lav Pink w/Yel Eye 12-24" Aug-Sept F/ N
Lamium maculatum 'Chequers' Spotted Nettle *** Rose-pink 6-14" May-Nov   Ground cover
Lespedeza thunbergii Thunberg Bush Clover *** Pink, Whie 3-6' Aug-Oct Bushy Die back
Liatris aspera Rough Gayfeather Lavender-purple 3-4' Sept-Oct F/ N
Liriope spicata Lily-Turf Pale lavender 10-15" Sept-Oct F/ Ground cover
Lobelia siphilitica Big Blue Lobelia Blue 24-36" Sept-Oct F/ Short-lived
Monarda didyma 'Jacob Cline' *** Deep red 4-6' June-Oct F/ Frag One of the best!
Nepeta x fassenii Fassen's Catmint *** Blues-Purple-Pink 12-24" May-Nov F/ Frag Dead head
Oenothera macrocarpa Ozark Sundrops *** Yellows 6-16" May-Oct D/pods N
Perovskia atriplicifolia *** Russian Sage Violet Blue 48-60 July-Oct F/ Fragrant Tall w/ silvery lvs
Physostegia virginiana Obedient Plant *** Pink, Rose, White 36-48" July-Aug F/ N
Pseudofumaria (Corydalis) lutea Yellow Corydalis Yellow 8-15" May-Oct   Reseeds itself
Salvia x sylvestris Salvia *** White, Pink, Purple 18-48" May-Nov F/ Dead head
Scilla autumnalis Autumn Squill Blue 4-8" Sept   F/Nice in masses
Scilla scilloides Autumn Squill Pink Blue 4-8" Sept-Oct F/ Nice in masses
Sedum cauticola Stonecrop Rose crimson 4-6" Sep-Oct   Gray foliage
Sedum ewersii `Homophyllum' Purplish Pink 2-3" Aug-Sept 1/2" V Glaucous
Sedum hispanicum `Aurea' Purplish Pink 2-3" Aug-Sept 1/2" Ground cover
Sedum maximum Great Stonecrop Creamy Mauve 18-24" Aug-Sept F/ Bushy
Sedum sieboldii October Daphne Pink 6" Sept-Oct F/ s-EG Gray
Symphyotrichum (Aster) oolentangiense Prairie Aster Bright Blue 36" Aug-Sept F/ N  
Symphyotrichum (Aster) laeve Smooth Aster Blue w/Gold Eye 36-48" Sept-Oct F/ N
Symphyotrichum (Aster) lateriflorum Prairie Aster White w/Raspberry ctr 30-36" Aug-Sept F/ N    
Symphyotrichum (Aster) linosyris Goldilocks Aster Yellow 18-30" Aug-Sept F/ N
Symphyotrichum (Aster) novae-angliae New England Aster Blue, Pink, White 36-72" Aug-Sept F/ N  
Symphyotrichum (Aster) novi-belgii New York Aster Blue, Red, Pink, White 12-72" Aug-Oct F/ N    
Symphyotrichum (Aster) pilosum Wild Frost Aster White 24" Sept-Oct F/ N
Solidago *** Goldenrods Yellows 6-72" Aug-Sept F/ N Many taxa
Tradescantia x andersoniana *** Spiderwort White, Blue, Red, Purple 12-36" May-Nov Cutback mid summer    
Tricyrtis hirta *** Hairy Toad Lily White w/Lilac Dots 18-24" Sept-Oct F/ Flor. ~Orchid Hairy
Vernonia *** Ironweed Rose, Purple, White 2-6' Aug-Oct F/ N
Vitix angus-castus 'Latifolia' Chaste Tree Lavender-Blue 3-8' Aug-Oct. F/ Frag. Die back
*** = Other species & cultivars are also available with various blooming times
~ = Similar to É
Colors = Primary color of the flower. Other Colors are often available in Other cultivars.
Comment = Generally regarding foliage. This column also has comments on flowers and habit.
D/ = Good dried cuts
DH = Remove old flowers to extend blooming time
Die back = A woody plant that dies back partially or nearly to ground level in our environment. Prune back once spring growth begins.
EG = Evergreen
F/ = Good fresh cuts
Flor = Floriferous, Freely flowering
INV = Invasive
Lt. = light
Lvs = Leaves
N = Native to USA
s- = Semi É
Taxon - Taxa = Used to connote many different species, forms, varieties and or cultivars of a given genus or species.
V = Vigorous
w/ = with

originally published V22-Spring 2009
Steve Lesch


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