Another beauty that is still performing well is the fabulous butterfly bush but it too will succumb shortly and then it will be time to cut it back to 1 or 1-1/2 ft. It is very important to mulch this specimen heavily because our, sometimes, sub-zero temps will be too much for them to survive- I’ve sold some the second time because of negligence in mulching — we’re on the edge of its intended zoning limitations. Kept healthy year after year they will grow larger and larger reaching 5 feet and more becoming a joy to behold and attracting gorgeous butterflies of all colors. I’m especially fond of the deep purple on a mature bush that displays draping fronds measuring a foot and a half in length.
Remove your valuable roots, bulbs, and rhizomes from the garden or your patio pots and cull them of rotting or diseased areas, then wash them to remove the soil and thoroughly dry them before storing in dry peat and placing them in a cool and dark spot for winter storage — never store them with apples as it will encourage rot — the ethylene gas emitted from them is the culprit.
In other words, get your house in order because the snow will be flying soon (already is in the Upper Peninsula) and it’s much more comfortable to be doing these chores now rather than with an inch or two of snow on the ground.