The Virginia Sweetspire is one of my favorite bushes. It keeps its leaves through the fall well into winter. When the sun is out (and that is always problematic in NE Ohio during winter), the leaves really stand out.
Pat and I used to deadhead the hostas. It wasn't a big deal when we only had a dozen or two. I swear I don't know how this happened. I mean, we only bought a couple of plants a year and a friend of mine only gave us six plants. We now have somewhere over 400. Pat says it's closer to 500. I lose count every time we try to count them. So now we just leave the flower stalks. The ones still standing in March get cleaned up. For all the seeds, we seldom ever get any baby hostas. I wonder why, because the ligularia are easy to grow from seed.
I have ligularia seeds for anyone who wants them. The blog header shows ligularis grown from seed. Spray a little soapy water on them to prvent slugs and you'll be good to go. Don't ask me the latin name of my ligularia. My son-in-law translated my blog title. My version of latin entails adding icus to the end of any word. None the less, ligularia looks cool even in the middle of winter.