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Ever hear the expression "pushing up the daisies"? It refers to the dearly departed resting under the wildflowers in country cemeteries. You gotta figure that a flower that can fend for itself in a cemetery can do well in your yard. Pyrethrum or painted daisy (Chrysanthemum coccineum) blooms in early summer, Shasta daisy (Chrysanthemum maximum) in midsummer. Deadheading will extend the season of bloom for both. Hardy in Zones 5-9.
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Helenium (Helenium autumnale) once went by the unfortunate name of sneezeweed. It's not a weed and it's not apt to prompt a sneezing fit. But it does bloom in late summer, when other allergy-producing plants are wreaking havoc with our sinuses—hence the name. The daisylike flowers come in a range of autumnal hues, ranging from bright yellow to copper to orange-red. Helenium is easy to grow, but may need dividing every few years to stay vigorous. (Hey, free plants!) Hardy in Zones 3-8.