I adore fall. All of it, and everything about it—the cooler temps, the changing light, the shifting of gears. I'm even okay with the return of rain. I enjoy the feeling of abundance that the garden exudes at the pinnacle of its fullness. And of course, I love the fall foliage colors.
But there's more to the fading season than the traditionally celebrated color of the deciduous trees and shrubs—and though I certainly have many favorites in that respect, we'll leave them for another post on another day.
Grasses, also fantastic contributors to the fall garden, are in a class all their own, but we feted them in a different post where I singled out some of my favorite late-season varieties.
Instead, in this post we're going to single out plants that have merit based on their dead and dying foliage—plants I value for their graceful demise. The photos below (mostly taken in my garden) show that even on a wet and gray day, there's always something to savor.