While many perennials fade into the fall, others come into their glory. An inspiring example of this is chinese lanterns, which are ripening now. I adore how these simple insignificant white blossoms fold in on themselves to evolve and swell into luminous lanterns, changing from green to gold to vivid orange and red, and then drying into lacy brown. This year I planted a half barrel with these vigorous spreaders, so I can have an extra bunch of decorating punch next fall.
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