The colors are somewhat muted as the growing season winds down, but new plants continue to have their day. Chrysanthemum, sedum, cosmos, and dahlia have the starring roles now, aided by the ever-present impatiens plus alyssum, nasturtiums, and salvia.
Although gardens such as this may seem to be on autopilot once planted, there is plenty of work to be done throughout the season to maintain it. Weeding alone averages several hours a week. Then there is the need to start and transplant (and move from time to time) the annuals. Tender perennials like dahlia must be dug and replanted each year. And, of course, there is watering, fertilizing, and removing spent blooms that must happen continually.
But for those who love to garden--or who just enjoy the view--the whole process is well worth the effort. In fact, it's just the prescription needed to create a time-release garden of nonstop color.