The alyssum and the autumn joy sedum are really taking the lead now, filling in for all the less hardy annuals and perennials.
But a few of the roses are still hanging in there. This one was a miniature that I got from the grocery store in spring for about $5.00, and divided into 5 plants. It's hanging out with the snapdragons that have also been snubbing their noses at the frost.
The grape vines are hanging on to their pretty yellow leaves and so are the meadow rue.
Anything that works well with autumn color and is willing to keep on going through the snow, as this lobelia did, deserves a yearly spot in my garden.
As you can see, I don't rake or do a lot of clean up other than to make sure the iris leaves are removed from the area to prevent over-wintering of the iris borer.
In a few days I suspect my garden will be covered with a blanket of snow that will settle in for a few months. It will have a beauty all it's own, and, if I tire of the blinding white, I can always spend a few hours pouring over my photos, rereading my blogs, and then going through the blogs of other gardeners to get new ideas for next year.