But don’t give up Becky, the best is yet to come.
There are flowers that will provide beauty through August and into September. Just beginning to bloom is a tall, strong one called September Charm, an anemone that grows in the back of the flower bed. Also bringing color are phlox, which are beautiful in bouquets. While dahlias are not perennials, they will offer color through September.
Sedum gives livelihood to the garden at this time of the year. The Neon cultivar is valued as well as Pink Bomb, Autumn Charm, Autumn Fire and Autumn Joy, which may need a cage to keep it from falling over.
Solidago, an urban goldenrod, offers food for butterflies and late season color and architecture.
Hydrangeas appeared in the Midwest in the early 2000s. I recommend planting scientist hybridized new types of this Southern favorite. Garden centers continue to stock new cultivars, most of which have white flowers (unless you add aluminum sulfate), but in August the beautiful blossoms begin to turn pink or burgundy, making themselves spectacular!
Don’t give up Becky; August is just a beginning for fall’s beauty.
If you plan to go to the Indiana State Fair, you have to visit the demonstration garden behind the Department of Natural Resources Building. It was designed and planted by Marion County Master Gardeners, which also maintains it. There are expert gardeners on-site to talk about the plants.