Okay, I will admit that pure laziness is part of the reason I leave my fall gardens as is, but there is something Dr Seuss-ish about the landscape left with the winterbitten plants and dried-out grasses against the white snow and, of course, the naked trees.
Grasses are well known for their winter interest.
Freezing rain stuck to Eragrostis
I love the red curls of this Panicum
Muhlenbergia loses its color but not its light wispiness
Carex Frosted Curls keeps some of its color
Juncus playfully pops through the snow
And Schizachyrium dazzles with color and texture
Changing shapes are some of my favorite winter alterations.
Anaphalis blooms mature to this
Rudbeckia against the shed
Even the mums look cool. Someone said they look like little hula skirts!
Opened Asclepias seed pods wave like a beauty queen
Astilbe and hydrangea blooms lose color but keep their wonderful shape
Winter is also a great time for color!
Some plants keep their color, such as Primulas, Carex Evergold, Santolina, and Antennaria. For me, some green is always a welcome winter sight.
Dianthus also can remain green for much of the winter
And of course, many Sedums provide entertaining winter color. Sedum Tricolor holds its color, while Sedum Angelina turns wonderful warm shades
Red Twig Dogwoods also provide fire red to keep your winter soul warm
See: Lazy gardening does have its benefits!
And then more snow comes and creates a whole new scene!