metal patio table with overhead brugmansia on front deck
Photo: Linda Oyama Bryan
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Time-Tested Tips: Savor the Last Morsels

Don't rush to cut back late-season blooms. "Dried flower heads and tall ornamental grasses look so lovely in the fall and winter," Susan says—and it's fun to watch birds flit from flower head to flower head as they harvest seeds.

Shown: Brugmansia, or angel trumpet, is the showstopper by the front deck. Because it isn't cold-hardy where she lives, in the fall Susan wheels the potted tree into the garage, where it overwinters.
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