Tidy up browning foliage
In a boggy spot near a pond, the dramatic rounded leaves of
Darmera peltata (umbrella plant) make a delightful statement in summer and then autumn as they take on their reddish hues. However, once the foliage starts to die off and turn brown, it needs cutting back to prevent the plant from turning into an eyesore. Using sharp secateurs, cut each leaf right back to the base of the plant. You can cut them up and add them to your compost heap. The flower stalks will emerge in spring on bare stems, followed by a new mantle of leaves.