When your summer blooming flowers begin to wane, it’s time to think about what you can add to prolong the blooming season. It’s more than just adding fall-blooming mums for their beauty. Planting some fall blooming annuals and perennials extends the blooming season. It also aids migrating butterflies and provides for the bees and birds that are gathering food reserves for the winter. For example, the Mexican sunflower can provide beautiful orange flowers that last until the first frost. Adding annuals such as marigolds, begonias, sweet alyssum, asters, and calendula will extend the blooming season in your garden. Add perennials that bloom into the fall, like goldenrod, black-eyed Susan, sedum, liatris—just to name a few. Your fall garden can be just as spectacular and useful as your spring and summer garden.