Out here on the prairie, trees are relegated to towns, cities and river bottoms. Stand upon a bluff overlooking the Missouri River valley in eastern Nebraska, and the tree color is stunning well into late October and early November. If you squint just hard enough and tip back some warm apple cider, you’d think it was New England. But the prairie is where the true color is at, and not just in the many ornamental grasses like little bluestem (rusty reds) or prairie dropseed (oranges and yellows). No, even the perennial flowers, long done flowering, put on one heck of a show that can easily compete with even the best Vermont has to offer. Here are a few plants that will give you an added dimension every autumn for years to come.
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