I sure do appreciate these late-bloomers. The deep purple of New England aster. The cheery whiteness of Japanese anemone. The dainty blossoms and cool foliage of hardy begonia, even the nothing-fancy look of common garden phlox. And there's sedum 'Autumn Joy', at least the ones the deer didn't get.
So once again, Garden Blogger Bloom Day illustrates what common, common taste I have in plants. Guilty as charged. But when coachees come here for plant ideas, they go off to the nurseries and you know what happens? They find what they're looking for, they don't have to pay a lot, and the plants do what they're supposed to do - survive.