The Q&A Archives: Short Flower Ideas

Question: I am looking for a low (i.e., less than 4") spreading, colorful flower to grow in a sunny spot. We have pretty bushes behind (approx. 2' tall) and it would be nice to have something colorful in front. Low maintenance and long blooming would be ideal.

Answer: Four inches is very low for most annuals, but here are some suggestions. For a sunny spot you might try sweet alyssum, portulaca, or nierembergia. For partial shade you might try sweet alyssum, lobelia, or the (5") foliage plant called hypoestes. For shade you might try the hypoestes, or perhaps a smaller form of impatiens which, although it exceeds four inches would provide you with blooms all season.

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