Many plants that have bloomed all summer are tired and just want to lie down with a cold compress to the head (such as this Campanula persicifolia). Or do they?Celadine Poppy (Stylophorum diphyllum)
This is standard operating procedure for Jack-in-the-Pulpit (Arisamea triphyllum). The reward for putting up with this temporary unsightliness is the shot of bright red-orange from the ripening fruit.Thalictrum thalictroides/Anemonella thalictroides is a Spring Ephemeral, which means that by the end of August, its foliage looks like this:or has disappeared entirely.
The beauty of autumn in the Woodland Garden is first shown in the colorful berries of several plants, before they too fade and disappear.Spikenard (Aralia racemosa)
But all is not dying down and fading away. There are things just coming into full flower,Tricyrtis 'Gilty Pleasure'