Late-Summer Color for the Garden

Late summer can mean dog days in the garden as the festive color palette of spring and early summer slowly fades to a dull, droopy green. To lift your garden out of the doldrums, consider some of these saving graces.

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A steady stream of new cultivars has given this old standby annual a whole new dazzle. The colors are more intense, the color combos more numerous and some — the "sun coleus" — can stand up to full sun. Plus, most of the new ones don't bloom, so you don't have to worry about constant deadheading. Planted in masses, these globs of vibrant color will carry your garden through from spring till frost.

If you're lucky, you may be able to find them in containers at your garden center. If not — or if the weather or climate won't let you plant now — put these on your shopping list for the next growing season.

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