Take this spirea bush. I knew it had lovely white spring flowers, but I never realized how nice the fall display was. Until just today I never even noticed that creeping phlox had such a high percentage of fall die-off and turned this orangey color.
Sandy over at Gardenpath posted a picture a few days ago that made me think of the three milk pod plants I'd seen growing on the old railroad tracks behind my house. I took a little stroll down the tracks to see if they were worth photographing.
As you can see they certainly were!
I picked a good armload of nearly dead or dead, but interesting, foliage.
And used it in this heart-shaped garage wall arrangement .
The milk pod right in the front is the one in the photo above. I pulled out all of the seeds and scattered them near where I cut them down. Hopefully, there will be many more next year.