As you’re making one final cleanup in your yard and garden this weekend—and let’s face it, this is probably the last chance you’ll have to do yard work before temps start to plunge—don’t be so quick to clear away everything in your flower beds. While it’s tempting to cut down flowers after the first frost, take my advice this year and leave some of the seedheads standing. That way, you’ll have more to look at during the winter. Even without their colorful petals, seedheads have a subtle beauty all their own. Plus, they catch falling snowflakes, creating fun snow sculptures that change with each flurry. Standing seedheads also provide a great natural source of seeds that’ll attract winter birds to your garden without the bother of filling feeders!

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