The Q&A Archives: Finding the Perfect Flower

Question: I have a flagstone walkway that I would like to line one side with a perenial. What choices can you give me for a perennial that is low in growth no more than 6 inches, is in sun from noon till sunset, and blooms from spring to fall? The more flowery the better and if I have no choice I'll plant an annual.

Answer: Most perennials will only bloom for about a month at a time at the very most, so your spring to fall wish precludes them. (The various creeping thymes, however, are fabulous perennial plants you might wish to consider nonetheless. In addition, a number of perennials will have foliage hugging the ground but blooms at a height of say ten to twelve inches. Allowing these would expand the selection also, but still none would bloom all season. )

All summer blooming annuals might include: sweet alyssum, creeping zinnia, or portulaca. If you are willing to extend the height to twelve or even eight inches your choices would expand greatly. Good luck with your planting!

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