With summer fading away, we also begin to see the lush greens and colorful flowers of the season fade away as well, but your garden can continue to bloom with beautiful budding flowers by making sure it is filled with perennials and shrubs that continue to bloom in September and October. Here are some of the best perennials to add some color to your Iowa garden this fall.

Asters (Symphyotrichum)

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Asters have a cute, daisy-like appearance and can range in color from white to blue to purple. The plant is pretty versatile. You could grow it on borders, in rock gardens, or wildflower gardens, just to name a few. The plant’s height can range from 8 inches to 8 feet, depending on its variety.

Joe Pye Weed (Eutrochium maculatum)

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Joe Pye Weed is a tall plant, reaching up to 6' when grown in the best conditions. Strong stems offer support to the, so it rarely needs to be staked. Its flowers are a beautiful jewel-toned pink. They do best when planted in rich, moist soils with full sun.

Sweet Autumn Clematis (Clematis Terniflora)

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This climbing vine is covered in flowing masses of small, white, honey-scented flowers against dark green, leathery leaves. They love to climb fences or other similar structures and add a really pleasant look to any garden.

Toad Lily (Tricyrtis)

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Toad Lilies resemble orchards but are much smaller in size. These small spotted flowers bloom in a variety of colors and thrive in the shade. The toad lily plant will grow taller in soil that is consistently moist. Their unique appearance is sure to brighten your mood and your garden!


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