FALLing In Love - with Fall Planting

With the Autumnal Equinox just a week away, plants, pollinators and humans can all sense the changing temperatures and light that signal the end of summer and transition to fall. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – FALL is a great time to plant! While perennial shrubs are some of the best plants to get in the ground now, there are many others such as vines, grasses and CA natives that all greatly benefit from planting in the fall. Below are some of our fall planting faves! Want more great options for fall planting?

Check out this month’s blog by Earl, the Curious Plantsman here.

'Blue Horizon'

The most massive bloomer of any Passion Vine and deliciously fragrant. Blooming from April to October here, with 3.5” psychedelically marked filaments sporting rings of blue, white and purple followed by edible orange fruit. Deer resistant, evergreen, vigorous and fast - what more could you need?

Perennial Vine USDA Zones 9-11

Passiflora loefgrenii x caerulea

Tough, fast and gorgeous! This rare vine features 4” blooms that are crowned with a super-fluffy halo of deep purple fringe. Blooms most of the year once established – from spring to frost. Growing to 15' within its first two years when given average water and a good-sized space to sprawl.

Perennial Vine USDA Zones 9-10

Philadelphus lewisii
'Goose Creek'

This fast and resilient shrub, a cultivar of “Western Mock Orange,” explodes into a grand cloud of bloom from late spring into summer. The clusters of double 1.5” pure white double blooms emit a heady fragrance – orange-blossom with a hint of pineapple. Blooms best with at least half day sun, fertile soil and moderate summer water. Native to CA and the Northwest.

Perennial Shrub USDA zones 4-10

Ceanothus thyrsiflorus var. griseus
'Yankee Point'

One of the best choices for a sophisticated, drought tolerant, fast growing and weed suppressing groundcover or hillside stabilizer. Glossy evergreen foliage forms a mounding mass to 30" tall, spreading to 10 ft. across. In late winter and spring, it smothers itself in lovely mid-blue 1" flower clusters adored by the bees and butterflies. This easy "California Lilac" tolerates more water and clay than other varieties but benefits from good drainage.

Perennial Shrub USDA zones 8-10

Carex divulsa
"Berkeley Sedge"

Super adaptable and versatile, this evergreen grass always looks lush and pretty as it thrives in both sun and shade. Tough and carefree, use it to edge beds and pathways and as a steppable groundcover even in quite shady areas under trees. Stays green year around in temperate climates, quickly fills out to a dense, finely textured 2’ x 2’ clump that can be clipped or mowed. Drought tolerant but most verdant with some summer water.

Perennial Grass USDA Zones 4-10

Festuca glauca
'Elijah Blue'

The best variety of Festuca glauca, ‘Elijah Blue’ was selected for its intense silvery-blue, fine textured leaves that reach 8”-10” in height. A superb color accent, and solid performer in cool coastal climates, this clump forming, soft foliage grass, makes an excellent ground cover for small areas, and is a good choice for edging. Should have well-drained soil - not clay. Plant on 12” centers and shear it back in late winter for a longer life and neater appearance. Sun is best, but will tolerate light shade in hotter climates. DROUGHT TOLERANT in coastal areas.

Perennial Grass USDA Zones 4-11

Hydrangea quercifolia
'Pee Wee'

Pee-Wee’ is a low-maintenance winner in any garden! Delivers all-season beauty with its bold oak-leaf foliage, lavish flower production summer thru fall, and colorful burgundy-red fall-winter foliage. A true garden show stopper. Clay-ish tolerant, Deer resistant and no pruning required.

Perennial Shrub USDA Zones 5-10a

Hydrangea arborescens

Much beloved for its HUMONGOUS, 12” across snowy white flower heads, this phenomenal Hydrangea delivers all the garden drama you could ever wish for. EASY, undemanding and tolerates clayish soil, heat and humidity with long blooms from late spring thru summer.

Perennial Shrub USDA Zones 4-10

Sisyrinchium californicum
"Yellow-Eyed Grass"

Native to Coastal California, “Yellow-Eyed Grass” is almost ever blooming as long as it has ample moisture. 8” to 12” tall and wide, numerous sunny yellow star-flowers are borne just above the tufted, grass-like, smooth foliage. Nice as edging or next to a water feature or water faucet for maximum bloom. Foliage darkens in Fall and should be cut back.

Perennial USDA Zones 8-10

Sisyrinchium bellum
'North Coast' "Blue-Eyed-Grass"

With the largest flowers and the longest bloom season you could ever hope for, we are totally in love with this extraordinary native “Blue Eyed- Grass.” Topped with HUGE 1-1.5” starry purple-blue yellow eyed flowers, it’s extremely easy and reliably perennial. This low and dense grassy groundcover (and Iris relative) is sand and CLAY tolerant and grows well under oaks.

Perennial USDA Zones 8-10b

Jasminum polyanthum

A climbing jasmine that behaves itself, topping out at 10’-15’, which features the darkest pink buds of any variety in this species. Easy & fast growing, pink jasmine will cover an arbor, fence or even the side of a house if given support. In late winter & spring it sprouts hundreds of 1” white, heavenly fragrant flowers.

Perennial Vine USDA Zones 8-11

Heliotropium arborescens

THE most fragrant and long-lived Heliotrope! This Alba’ is a true perennial, with continuous starry white, vanilla scented blooms from spring to fall. Attracts butterflies and is deer resistant.

Perennial Shrub USDA Zones 9-11


Making wine from flowers (no grapes) is an ancient art that is being revived by Aaliyah Nitoto, owner of Free Range Flower Winery in Livermore. Join her for a fascinating presentation about flower wine making and how she has parlayed her knowledge of flowers and plants, and background in biology, herbalism and nutrition education, into the science and art of winemaking, using California-grown lavender, marigold, hibiscus and rose.

Note: this will be a discussion only. Due to local regulations there will not be any tastings available. However, FRFW wines may be purchased directly from their website.


Oh Yami Yami and will be servin’ up their yummy Pate de Fruits confections in the nursery Sun., Sept. 18th from 10 pm - 1pm.  These are seasonally-flavored, small batch, vegan friendly confections, proudly made at home in Oakland, CA. They source all organic fruit from local farms. Come enjoy a sweet treat while you're shopping in the nursery this weekend.
Learn more on their website.


Join us for this FREE Nursery talk and inspiring visual presentation by Pam Peirce, author of “Golden Gate Gardening” on Saturday, Spet. 24th at 10am. You'll learn what you can plant now and what you can do to use our often neglected "Secret Season," in January to March, to produce delicious harvests long before summer crops are ready. Learn the best crops and varieties for winter, unusual but delicious crops to try, pest management tips, and more.



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