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Northern sea oats

Chasmanthium latifolium

The bobbing flat seedheads of Northern sea oats are distinctive, almost looking like little buff to bronze fish. It's one of the best ornamental grasses for partial shade, although it grows well in full sun, too. The arching seed heads mature to golden bronze and are effective in fresh or dried arrangements.

Leave this plant standing in winter if you like -- it's attractive with a dusting of snow. However, if you want to prevent this prolific reseeder from popping up everywhere, cut off the seed heads in fall.

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From 1 to 8 feet

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18-30 inches wide

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4-8

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Turtlehead
This native perennial gets its name from the shape of its unusual flowers, which resemble the heads of snapping turtles. It's a good choice for heavy, wet soils and spreads to form dense colonies of upright stems bearing pink, rose, or white flowers from late summer into fall. It grows best in some shade, but tolerates full sun with adequate moisture.
Leadwort
For a fall show, plant leadwort. Its gentian-blue late-season flowers often continue to bloom even as the foliage turns brilliant red-orange in fall, making an outstanding autumn display.This plant is also sometimes called plumbago, but it's different from shrubby tropical plumbago. Use it as a groundcover that spreads well when in conditions it likes -- dry sites in full sun to partial shade.
Aster
Asters get their name from the Latin word for "star," and their flowers are indeed the superstars of the fall garden. Some types of this native plant can reach up to 6 feet with flowers in white and pinks but also, perhaps most strikingly, in rich purples and showy lavenders.Not all asters are fall bloomers. Extend the season by growing some of the summer bloomers, as well. Some are naturally compact; tall types that grow more than 2 feet tall benefit from staking or an early-season pinching or cutting back by about one-third in July or so to keep the plant more compact.
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