Cimiifuga and Japanese anemone in garden in Beaverton, Ontario. (Photo by Stephen Westcott-Gratton)

Cimicifugas: Superstars of the autumn garden

Stephen Westcott-Gratton

In late summer, the aristocratic purple-leaved cimicifugas are in heavy bud and the first Japanese anemones are just beginning to flower.

Bugbane: A plant with stamina

Judith Adam

My bugbane -- the simple black snakeroot -- stands tall, with white flower wands extending high above attractive ferny foliage. Its best show in 20 years.