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Conoclinium coelestinum (Hardy ageratum)
This herbaceous perennial from the Aster family blooms from July through October. The fluffy purple flowers are held up on long stems, which make them ideal for cutting. When selecting a spot to plant, be aware that hardy ageratum tends to spread.(Credit: Missouri Botanical Garden)

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Top 10 plants for fall

The go-to fall plant of many Long Island gardeners is the Chrysanthemum. Contrary to popular usage, these plants are perennial and will return every year if allowed to remain in the ground or container. Their yellow, pink, purple, orange, rust or white flowers begin blooming in late September or early October.

But there are plenty of other plants that will color your borders and containers throughout autumn. These are my 10 favorite.
-- Jessica Damiano

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