The bittersweet looks great near the kitchen door. I replaced the mums in the pots with flowering kale. Honestly, I do sweep the leaves off the deck, but the deck doesn't stay cleared very long.
This beauty is new to me - Euonymus europaeus or the easier to spell and pronounce common name - spindle. I may plant one of these for some fantastic fall color. It is available here. I'm not sure why it was growing in the bushes on the side of our road, but eagle-eyed daughter spotted in on her run and knew I'd be intrigued. The little green spiky things are wild cucumbers from the farmer's market that I've had since July and they're still perfect.