The plants that we connect more closely with fall are starting to gain size and get ready to bloom. I have two cultivars of sedum, ‘Autumn Joy’ (left) and ‘Maestro’ (right) that are forming the plump heads that will change color dramatically between now and November. Using trees, shrubs, and perennials to extend fall color is the topic of an article written by Leif Knecht for the next issue of Northern Gardener. It’s an informative article, well worth clipping as you plan for fall color in 2009. The September/October issue of the magazine goes to press Friday and should be on the newsstands in late August.