Every fall the burly bush gets a reprieve.
When our dog Ralph chews on a nice stacked wood heel or bites the tassel off a leather loafer, he's assured he's avoided near destruction 'cause he's so darned cute. Same goes for that unruly burning bush in the yard. It's lucky to be so spectacular in the fall. Sometimes prolonged irritation is worth the moment of glory. Ask any parent of teenagers.
In winter the wayward brances add structure to the winter garden when grasses and wintergreens are weighed down by snow.
Stick the cut stems into an outdoor pot or windowbox filled with soil. Many of the branches will unfurl tiny leaves.
The BB is not the only colorful garden character in the fall. Hosta turns a bright gold, grasses sprout burgundy tassels and turtlehead mellow to soft yellow. Gracefully towering over it all, the red leaves of the Japanese Maple gleam in the autumn sunlight.
Every garden plant has its peak moment. The key is to stagger plantings not only for size and blooms but for show, whether it be spring blossoms or fall foliage.