Four varieties of plants for Fall color

At the end of the summer, color in your garden begins to fade. Some homeowners will accept the encroaching winter and others will take the opportunity to utilize colorful late summer plantings. Not sure what to pick? One of the best techniques to see what looks eye catching is to take a drive. Spend an afternoon driving thru West Linn, Lake Oswego or different neighborhoods in Portland. If you are having a tough time envisioning where color should go, do this, pour a cup of coffee put on your slippers and walk around your yard, the vision is that easy. If you are still stumped about color and selection, call or email All Oregon Landscaping, it’s what we do. The following are some of the best plants every gardener should have in their fall or autumn garden.


This is a specific type of flowering plant belonging to the daisy family known as Asteraceae. It contains nine species and they are collectively known as coneflowers. Generally, they are endemic to most parts of the eastern and northern Americas. These plants are found growing in dry prairies and moist areas and even in the open wood areas. They often show up as huge and show heads exhibiting their composite flowers. Generically, the name Echinacea is derived from the Greek word “echino” which means sea urchin. This plant is called as such simply because of its spiny center disk. They are commonly cultivated in many home gardens especially at the end of the summer wherein its showy flowers are effective in adding color and vibrancy to the surrounding preparing for the coming of autumn or fall.

Black Eyed Susan

Another kind of plant which is excellent to plant in your fall garden is known as the Black Eyed Susan or scientifically known as Tetratheca Hirsuta. It’s a climbing type of plant which usually grows between 0.1m and 0.9m high. It comes with a woody rootstock where multiple stems arise and exude roughness and hairy texture at their ends. It also comes with leaves alternately arranges at its stems in whorls or oppositely. Pink, deep pink and purple-tinted flowers go blooming from the months of July until December specifically the native species. This makes it a perfect choice for months where autumn and fall are starting to take over.


Itea is considered as a genus of ten species of small trees and shrubs. Leaves form alternately and bear flowers that are small. Each flower contains five sepals and five petals, usually borne in spikes or racemes. This plant is usually found native in the eastern parts of Asia and deciduous species in the eastern part of North America. Some of the species of Itea are propagated for ornamental purposes and planted in gardens because of their long pendant-like and fragrant flowers. Such species include the I. yunnanensis and evergreen I. ilicifolia from western and central China.

Crape Myrtle

This pant is chiefly known for its long-lasting and colorful flowers. It has barks that shed all throughout the year. Some species are woody in nature while most come with fluted and sinewy stems and opposite leaves that look simple and usually vary in sizes. It’s vibrantly colored and long-lasting flowers make this plant a perfect choice for your autumn garden.

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