5 Native Plants for NYC Fall Color

You know its fall when you see Mums and Flowering Cabbage everywhere in New York City.  A lot of people always ask me if there is anything else they can plant to spruce up their garden this time of year.  Here are some ideas:

1. New England Aster

New England Aster
New England Aster

Also known as Michaelmas Daisy, this North American Native is a great alternative to Mums.  They most famously come in purple but their are other cultivars that offer more colors. These are a great perennial so don't be afraid to give it a permanent place in your garden.

2. Creeping Wintergreen

Creeping Wintergreen
Creeping Wintergreen

Pinch of one their berries and you will know where the taste and smell of every "Wintergreen" gum comes from.  This plant makes a beautiful, evergreen ground cover that offers year-round interest but is quite a compliment to a garden or planter in the fall.

3. American Beautyberry

American Beautyberry
American Beautyberry

The small flowers that start on this shrub in the spring eventually turn into beautiful clusters of purple berries that make for a nice fall display.  Cut the stems off later in the season and put them in a vase or in your holiday plantings.

4. Autumn Fern

Autumn Fern
Autumn Fern

It doesn't take a genius to figure out why this call Autumn Fern.  This plant is native to Eastern Asia but adapts quite well to the climate here in New York and shows off a beautiful display of colors in the fall.  The other upside to this low-maintenance plant is that it is semi-evergreen.

5.  Bearberry

Bearberry
Bearberry

Also known as Kinnikinick, this is one of my favorite ground covers: an evergreen with hardy foliage thats low-maintenance and provides fall color.  Looks great around boulders, in planters or under your favorite deciduous tree.