I’m not one of those people who say that seedheads are just as good as flowers. They’re not. But in the absence of flowers, seedheads can be pretty nice to have around.
River Oats (Chasmanthium latifolium), which used to be commonly called Northern Sea Oats, has particularly nice seedheads.
If only this plant weren’t such a beast when it comes to self-sowing. Part of my brain keeps thinking: cut off those seedheads before they scatter! And the other part keeps saying: not yet! They’re so pretty!
Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) also looks pretty good.
It looks good with the brown buttons of Bee Balm (Monarda fistulosa).
Joe Pye Weed (Eutrochium maculatum) also gets a fetching new look in October, at least when backlit by the sun.
One advantage of seedheads: they tend to last a lot longer than the bloom time of flowers. It only makes sense to appreciate them while they are around.