Coming back from a 10-day visit to Chicago and St. Louis, we found fall-blooming perennials in full swing. The view towards the house was filled by lipstick-pink Penstemon 'Garnet, white-flowered, dark-leaved Eupatorium 'Chocolate' and blue Aconitum carmichaelii 'Arendsii'.
Looking in the opposite direction, Aster 'Anja's Choice' was a cloud of pink at the feet of the aconites, while in the background, the lavender hues of another aster, 'Little Carlow' complemented their intense blue.
On a sunny day, 'Little Carlow' was buzzing with bees.
Fall colour was also on show, particularly bright on the blueberry foliage...
...and more subtle in the shade of the old pear tree, where the foliage of Actaea 'Hillside Black Beauty' had switched from sepia to a medley of soft pink and gold.