My shady yard does not allow much color during the summer but one thing that grows like crazy is my purple Cone flower.
Here are sample of the stages of growth of my cone flowers.
When the season is over and the flowers are gone. I let them stand. The birds eat the seeds off the top of the flowers and when it snows, the snow collects on the dead ends and is pretty to look at.
My camera is a Canon Powershot A720IS