Native plants have a dramatic presence in autumn and winter. The endless variety of shapes are fantastic outlined in frost, and the architectural shapes create a beautiful resting place for snow.
Leave your natives standing in fall and throughout the winter to provide food for birds. In the spring cut them down and lay them in the bed for mulch. Insects that live among the mulched plants are precious food for birds in the spring.
The hollow stems of larger plants, such as Joe Pye weed (above), make good housing for native pollinating insects such as the non-stinging Mason Bee.
Seedhead combination of Aster and Lavender Hyssop.
Prairie Dropseed spreading out in front of Stiff Goldenrod.
Sky Blue Aster.
Ironweed! Light colored seedheads are offered up on long dark stems.
Common Milkweed getting ready to set-sail.
The leaf shapes of Compassplant have a gothic flair!
Beautiful seedpods of Wild Senna (Cassia hebecarpa).
A screen of tall stems. Most of the ironweed seed is gone by mid-winter.
Brown Eyed Susan sleeping in the snow …
Pale Purple Coneflower