3 size-xl, extra-late perennial performers
IAM LOOKING FOR ANY BRIGHT SPOTS ABOUT NOW, as the mid-October-looking garden surfaces in this driest September. A couple of easy, big perennials—Lespedeza thunbergii (above), the bush clover, and some favorite Aralias (including Aralia cordata and A. racemosa) are managing to do their thing in spite of tough times. Thank heaven for big favors. Do you grow either one?