Hampton Nursery Presents: Top-Performing Fall Perennials for Long Island Gardens

As autumn unfurls its tapestry of color on Long Island, gardens can experience a mesmerizing transformation. This is largely due to carefully chosen perennials that peak during these cooler months. Hampton Nursery is proud to spotlight the elite of fall perennials apt for Long Island gardens, including captivating flowers, ornamental grasses, and the ever-appealing heucheras.


  1. Chrysanthemum (Garden Mums): Representing the heart of fall, garden mums usher in the season with their brilliant palette spanning yellows, oranges, purples, and reds. Their dense blooms, reminiscent of pompoms, stand resilient against the brisk autumn air.
  2. Aster: With daisy-like blossoms, asters not only beautify gardens but also attract butterflies. They grace gardens with their purple, pink, and white shades and persist until the frost heralds winter.
  3. Sedum (Stonecrop): ‘Autumn Joy’ is the variety to seek. As summer wanes, it ushers in pink blooms which evolve into a deep rust-red as autumn deepens. Its succulent foliage adds layers of texture to gardens.
  4. Montauk Daisies: Native to Long Island, these robust daisies boast crisp white petals and a golden center. They’re late bloomers, making them perfect for maintaining color in the garden as other flowers begin to fade.


  1. Miscanthus sinensis (Maiden Grass): Towering over other plants, this ornamental grass can achieve heights of up to seven feet. Its feathery plumes, which turn golden as fall progresses, dance elegantly in the autumn wind.
  2. Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Hameln’ (Dwarf Fountain Grass): ‘Hameln’ showcases compact tufts of arching leaves crowned with fluffy, bottlebrush flowers. These plumes shimmer in the fall sunlight, adding motion and texture.
  3. Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’ (Feather Reed Grass): Renowned for its upright growth, ‘Karl Foerster’ provides gardens with architectural beauty. As fall sets in, its seed heads take on a golden hue, offering a gentle contrast to the bolder colors of the season.


  1. Heuchera ‘Autumn Leaves’: The changing colors of this variety mirror the season, transitioning from a berry-red to golden-yellow, and finally to a warm peach.
  2. Heuchera ‘Plum Pudding’: Gardens come alive with its shimmering plum-purple leaves. Paired with golden fall foliage or flowers, it creates an enchanting contrast.
  3. Heuchera ‘Caramel’: Its leaves, in hues of apricot to amber, offer a warm embrace in the midst of fall. When juxtaposed with blue or purple flora, it’s nothing short of mesmerizing.

In wrapping up, Long Island’s autumnal allure isn’t just about the majestic fall foliage of its trees. By integrating a diverse mix of flowers, grasses, and heucheras, gardeners can craft an oasis of color and vibrancy throughout the season. At Hampton Nursery, we stand ready to guide you in tailoring your garden to its fullest autumn potential. Embrace the season and happy gardening!