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Close-up detail shot of bright yellow rudbeckia, black-eyed Susan, purple aster, and deep red fall flowers filling the frame.<br />
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For the past several seasons, this Seattle-area garden designer has decided to slowly replace her water and labor-intensive annual and tender perennial beds with hearty, foliage-oriented perennials.  Now several years old, the beds have matured and filled in nicely, and provide low-maintenance, year-round interest.  In the fall, yellow, golden orange, and red hues take the place of showy flowers, while dramatic shapes keep the eye moving left, right, up, and down.