Some plants—the tetrapanax below, say—don't respond to the imminence of Winter. It continues to produce stunning immense leaves at full tilt until frost brings everything to a halt.
The yellow-flowered hardy passion vine, however, readily responds to climate cues of shorter days and chillier nights—and does so with style. Its unusual bat-wing foliage doesn't just drop before hard frost; first it changes color from mid-green to bright yellow.
All Summer, the contrast with the tetrapanax foliage was just of scale and texture. For a few weeks in Fall, it's also of color. Given the intensity of the scale-and-texture contrast alone, amping it up with color makes this pairing of ricepaper plant with passion vine one of the highlights of the entire garden year.