joe pye weed

Foamflower is aptly named, with short spires of fluffy white florets.

Five native plants to try

Orion Petrykanyn

If you’re thinking of including some native plants in your garden, 5 plants worth trying: foamflower, Culver's root, Joe Pye weed, Swamp milkweed, bugbane.

Joe Pye w painted lady butterfly (Vanessa cardui) in Beaverton, Ontario, August 2017. (Photos by Stephen Westcott-Gratton).

Super-sized flowers for late summer

Stephen Westcott-Gratton

Cooler zones are already beginning to get subtle hints that autumn is coming. Flowers for late summer include spotted Joe Pye weed and common rose mallow.

Short and tall Joe Pye weed

Judith Adam

Joe Pye weed has attractive wine-red stems and dusky purple flowers in late summer and early fall. Now, there are short versions useful for small gardens.