It’s easy to think of autumn plants as dying, brown, or gone. But when all the showy bright flowers of summer stop blooming, a whole new variety of beautiful plants comes to life. These are often smaller flowers, usually in pale or duller colors, like the autumn joy Sedum, which is a dusty pink. I recently noticed a new autumn-blooming plant that has become very common – the large-leaved aster. These tiny lavender flowers look like a miniature daisy, with a yellow center that turns red-brown as it matures. Some of them are planted in gardens, but most are just growing wherever they haven’t been weeded out. There are over 20 types of asters in MN.