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I’ve read that more than once recently, I wish I could remember where. The point being, gardeners who rush to tidy up the autumn garden miss out on the winter interest leaving the brown foliage in place can provide.

The sentiment sends me thinking about gardens like this one, where there are lots of seed heads and tall grasses. Not so much my own garden where fallen leaves must be quickly removed so as not to become soggy in the inevitable rain – reducing air circulation around the succulents  and increasing the likelihood of rot and death.
fallen leaves

As I thought about it, and wandered around my own garden, I realized the multiple shaggy mounds of hakonechloa do add a seasonally appropriate touch of gold.
north side
west side
back garden

Their texture invites your fingers comb through…
Hakonechloa close up

The browned thorns of Rosa sericea var. pteracantha (Wingthorn Rose) aren’t as shocking as the blood red, springtime, coloration.
Rosa sericea ssp. omeiensis f. pteracantha

But still draw the eye.
Rosa sericea ssp. omeiensis f. pteracantha close up

Imperata cylindrica (blood grass) retains a bit of red.
Imperata cylindrica

And Pennisetum purpureum, although no longer purple, stands tall through the wind and rain.
Pennisetum purpureum

Newly discovered, and my favorite of all right now, Cornus sanguinea ‘Compressa’. Our interesting autumn weather (unseasonably warm with an abrupt frost) has produced a gorgeous bronze blush to its leaves.
Cornus sanguinea 'Compressa'

I’m going to do my best to let all of these browns stick around as long as they like. Except for those fallen leaves smothering the succulents. Must get outside and take care of them now…