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 (okay, maybe not the deluge we're experiencing at the moment, but in general it doesn't get me down). 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 I certainly have many favorites in that respect, but 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 and we feted them a couple weeks ago when 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—these plants are valued for their graceful demise. Most of these photos were taken this morning in my garden—so even on a wet and gray day, there's always something to savor.