Wild foxglove blooms on Cascade Head overlooking the coastline near Lincoln City. (Photo credit: Dennis Frates)
At the annual Wooden Shoe Farm Tulip Fest, patterns of color carpet more than 40 acres of tulip fields on the farm. (Photo courtesy Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm)
At the Japanese Garden in Portland, graceful rhododendrons and other shrubs create a quiet beauty. (Photo credit: Dennis Frates)
Arrowleaf balsamroot blankets the plateau at the Tom McCall Nature Preserve near Mosier. (Photo credit: Dennis Frates)
Showy daylilies and ornamental grasses border the walkway at The Oregon Garden near Silverton. (Photo credit: Dennis Frates)
At Diamond Crater near Frenchglen, dwarf monkey flowers accent the sage-covered plain. (Photo credit: Dennis Frates)
Majestic lupine flowers thrive near the Cascade Range in Central Oregon on the site of a previous wildfire. In the distance: Middle and South Sister, Brokentop and Mt. Bachelor. (Photo credit: Dennis Frates)
With the Wallowa Mountains in the distance, a tapestry of wildflowers covers the Zumwalt Prairie. (Photo credit: Dennis Frates)

In Oregon, spring can be rather explosive. After a long winter, the flowers, grasses and shrubs blossom with unrestrained enthusiasm. Wildflowers and manicured ornamentals alike provide a display of color and texture around the state.

about author Eileen Garvin

Eileen Garvin lives and writes in Hood River. When she’s not hunched over her keyboard or digging in the garden, you can find her mountain biking, kiteboarding, hiking, skiing or camping somewhere in Oregon.

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  1. Tom Llewellyn says…

    Having participated in securing the designation of the Umpqua River Scenic Byway, I have become very aware of the beauty of Oregon. Any way that I can promote Oregon I want to do.

    Written on March 15th, 2012 / Flag this Comment
  2. Donna says…

    Beautiful pictures!!

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  3. carey says…

    My kids are finally at ages where we can enjoy hiking again! I can’t wait to explore Oregon this summer! Hiking, camping, picnics with beautiful scenery.

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