It may be 102 degrees out there in the shade, but these bright purple berries are a sure sign that fall is around the corner. (It may be a really long Las Vegas-sized block though, with a corner that's much further away than appears at first sight.) The American beauty berries have begun their purple show around the yard. This is a great native plant for shady spots, and really puts on a show in the fall before the birds come and snatch away all the berries. In fact, if these berries make it to fall, I'll be surprised. The mockingbirds love these berries, and subsequently have spread the shrubs around the yard.