Three kinds of plants came through intact: the grasses, the amsonias and the fothergillas. Each looks untouched.
Most other shrubs lost their leaves and many perennials got knocked over and flattened.
The poor Sheffield mums are splayed on the ground, still in bloom, but I have left them for the bees, who have so little to feed on right now. Other perennials have been cut back since the storm, since their dishevelment added nothing to the garden.
But the grasses look better than ever. Not a bit of floppiness nor any threat of falling over, and they looked this way the very day after the storm.
And the Amsonia tabernaemontana is untouched, looking just as it did before the winds howled.
The gale blew down all the fall leaves on trees and shrubs, but the fothergilla gardenii did not lose a single leaf, and decided to show its fall glory when the storm clouds departed.
(You know what else looks great after the storm? The lawn. Cold, wet and windy seems to be perfect for it. It is lush and green and looks like you could play golf on it if you dress warm and hit straight. Damn poor for croquet, though. Too thick.)