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This image shows Pink Cashmere Superbenas blooming on Long Island in New York on Aug. 29, 2023. Together with other annuals and tender perennials, the plants carry the late-summer garden as their hardy perennial bedmates begin to fade. (Jessica Damiano via AP)

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Summer annuals are the champions of the late-season garden. Perennials are the majority residents in my flower gardens, and each year, I welcome the reliable, repeat performers when they arrive.

By JESSICA DAMIANO, Associated Press September 7, 2023