George Reis, head landscaper at NYU, and his team recently installed about 1,600 plants in 8 different beds at Washington Square Village—giving the area a fresh new look just in time for the first fall breezes. They completed the whole project in just three days.

The plants included Japanese painted ferns, variegated Solomon's Seal, and a variety of annuals such as begonias, caladium, and Supertunia hybrid petunias.  

See before-and-after photos and admire their handiwork in the slideshow above.