The Q&A Archives: border plants

Question: I am looking to plant a low growing (not taller than 8-12 inches) border plants in savannah ga. along a long walk way. Any ideas?

Answer: Try one of the new Veronica plants. The long-blooming, no-work style of this plant started with the old ?Sunny Border Blue? and has continued to the much newer hybrids. Look for those that advertise themselves as ?upright? and ?long blooming?. These plants love full hot sun but also do well enough in part shade that I grow them there as well. They throw blooms in a range of blue-violets, pinks and whites from mid-summer to late-fall and have been pretty much insect and disease resistant in my garden. If you can bear to cut them, they make great cut-flowers.

Desert Marigold is a fast growing annual or biennial forming clumps of soft wooly gray leaves. Bright yellow daisy like flowers appear spring thru fall. At lower elevations, can bloom nearly year round. The blossoms are carried far above the silver-gray foliage on slender stems topping out at 12" tall. Desert marigold is ideal for tucking into tight planting spaces. Full sun. Heat & drought tolerant. Needs good drainage.

Chocolate Flower is a native, low growing perennial with medium green, fiddle shaped leaves. The plant starts with a basal rosette of leaves and grows to 1 foot tall by 2 feet across. Leaves grow along the stems nearly up to the flowers. Masses of yellow and maroon, daisy-like flowers will appear in summer and fall. The center of the flowers smell like chocolate. After the flowers have faded, the brown seed heads develop from late summer through late fall.Sundrops

Sundrops: This woody perennial grows to about 12 to 15 inches tall by 2 feet wide. It can be cut back in early spring if it becomes too woody, or suffers any frost damage. This plant is hardy to at least 0? F. During the summer months it is covered with clear yellow, 1 to 2 inch wide flowers. These blossoms have a 24 hour life span, opening at night and fading to an orange-pink color by late afternoon. Plant Sundrops in well-drained soil, and be careful not to over water.

Rock Pea is a durable perennial that grows to about 1 1/2' tall by 2' wide. Yellow and orange pea-shaped flowers appear from February through May. This plant can tolerate full sun, reflected heat, drought, and poor soils as long as they are well drained. Numerous stems branch from a woody base. It is drought deciduous and can get leggy with too much water. Good to cut to ground to rejuvenate.

Hope one of these suggestions works well in your garden.

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