Getting Ready for Fall- Bring the Color!
Fall is a wonderful time of year. Pumpkin spice latte’s, cool evenings and mornings, HOT days (in San Diego); festivals and preparation for holiday’s fill our evenings. Beautiful fall colors begin to emerge as the leaves change colors and fall. Here are a list of some color plants we can help you install at your monuments, entrances, pool areas, or other key ares on your property you want to draw attention and get that ‘pop’ you want in your community or on your property. Contact us today so we can help you develop a scope and a budget for your project!
Fuchsia is a mat-forming perennial with narrow, slightly fuzzy pale green leaves and brilliant vermilion flowers in summer. Plants tend to spread by runners so give it room to roam. Typical size for this beautiful native is 1 foot tall and 4′ wide. Also, you’ve got to be considerate of soil type, and irrigation station. This plant requires a lot of water upon initial planting and establishment (4-6 weeks), but after that it is a very low water use plant!
Shaw’s Agave grows smallish as a colony of succulent rosettes, the green blades are edged in sharp teeth. Flower stems can reach 12 feet with golden flowers. Mother plants die after flowering. Prefers full sun, with well draining soil and little water after it is established.
Desert Mallow is an evergreen shrub with silvery, fuzzy leaves and cupped flowers in beautiful shades of red and orange. Typically it blooms in spring. This plant prefers limited water, full sun, and well draining soils. Also, as a note, this one ought to be cut back by 30% after blooms to prevent woody leggy looks. It wants to grow 2-3′ tall and 2′ feet, so make sure there is adequate spacing!
California Poppy features feathery leaves that pop with brilliant orange blooms in early spring. This one prefers drip irrigation, once initial tufts fade (or mildew), cut to the ground and water once. They’ll resprout and bloom again. This one wants to grow about a foot and a half tall and wide!
Fall Annual Flowers
Begonia’s come in a variety of sizes and colors, which makes them a favorite annual flower in the Fall. They prefer full sun to partial shade and well drained soil. They like to grow to a height of 1/2′ to 1 1/2 feet tall. Fun bit of LaBahn’s Trivia, Mike LaBahn loves the angle wing begonia!
Petunia’s come in a variety of colors including pink, red, and blues blooming primarily in the Fall. They are relatively easy to care for and prefer full sun, and well drained soil. They typically grow to a max height of 1′.
Celocia have a beautiful “show stopping” Fall flower that doesn’t fall easily. They grow to a height of 1/2′ to 3′ tall and prefer full sun/partial shade and well drained soil. These plants require more nutrients than some of the others, so we ensure proper fertilizers are included!
Winter Annual Flowers
Stock flowers are ideal for filling out a garden or a bouquet during the winter months. They prefer full sun and moist, well drained soil. They want to grow to a height of 1′ to 3′ and come in a variety of flowers to impact any planter or garden.
Primrose comes in a variety of colors but it is a short lived late-winter blooming flower. This is a fantastic option for a blast of winter color in the worst time of year for southern California! This flower prefers partial shade, well drained soil, and will grow to an average height of 1/2′ to 1 1/2′ tall.
Flowering Kale is a wonderful option to line your planter bed as a low growing (1′ to 1 1/2′ tall) plant with a splash of beautiful color in the winter months. These are great to make beautiful flowing designs with your monuments or entrance planter beds. They prefer full sun/partial shade and well drained soil.
Summer Annual Flowers
Marigolds bloom all summer long and work very well in the hottest months of the year! They want to grow about a foot tall, prefer full sun, and well drained soil.
Vinca blooms in a beautiful blue color all summer long. They prefer full sun but will tolerate partial shade. They prefer drip irrigation and well drained soil. They grow from 3/4′ to 2 1/2′ tall.
Cornflower prefers full sun and well drained soil. They bloom all summer long and will grow to a height of 1-3′. Additionally, the blooms have a clove-like flavor and can we used as a fun plate garnish!
LaBahn’s Landscaping can help with all of your design needs as we head into winter. We can help design an irrigation system that works with your soil type and plant material, and develop a plan for the absolute best color, designs, and plant material to make your HOA, Business Park, or Mall shine! Contact us today and we would be happy to provide a maintenance proposal, or send one of our account managers to help develop a scope and budget for your re-design project! As you know, we have a client referral program going right now, ANYONE CAN WIN! Board members, managers, even our own LaBahn’s Team members! Anyone who refers us new maintenance accounts that we win, will be entered to win a random drawing at our 2020 client appreciation party!
We are a LOCAL family owned and operated landscaping organization that has serviced San Diego County since 1984. We have more than 120 team members with a full suite of services for our clients including Design, Build, and Maintain services. LaBahn’s Landscaping was founded by Mike and Julie LaBahn in 1984 and their daughter Joanna LaBahn-Cornett is at the helm as CEO after working every position in the business. The executive team has more than 100 combined years in landscaping maintenance and construction management. We are big enough for any job you have, and small enough to care about every client. We look forward to working for YOU!