Did you know that here in Southern California, fall (yes, FALL) really is the best season to get new plants in the ground?

The reason is simple. By planting in fall, new plants will have a chance to develop a strong root system. And the more established the root system, the stronger your plants will be before the extreme heat and stress of summer. You’ll also be able to take advantage of natural rainfall which eases the tedious task of watering new plantings.

Below are some plants you can consider adding to your landscape to enjoy the best seasonal color now, and spring’s bountiful bloom to come!




Fall is the best time for establishing California natives. Consider buckwheat, ceanothus, flannel bush, manzanita, penstemon, rhamnus, salvia and toyon.


If you haven’t already, now’s the time to plant winter vegetables and herbs. Veggie varieties prime for the season include artichoke, beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, celery, cauliflower, chard, kale, lettuce, and peas.

For herbs try chamomile, chives, cilantro, dill, oregano, parsley, and rue.


For fall and holiday color try alyssum, azalea, calendula, camellias, chrysanthemums, cyclamen, Icelandic poppies, lobelia, nemesia, ornamental kale, pansies, poinsettias, snapdragon, stock, and viola.  


Plant now for privacy, shade, wildlife habitat, or simply because trees are beautiful! Even small trees can make a mighty impact: birch, crape myrtle, ginkgo, palo verde, Japanese maple, western redbud.