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1'H or Lower Perennials

Find perennials that remain below 1 foot high under most conditions. These plants are perfectly suited for the front of the perennial border, garden, and landscape and many are suitable for groundcovers beneath larger plants and as spillers for containers and over walls. Some of the lower growing perennials in this group, like Frogfruit, may also be suitable for popping in between pavers and as an excellent lawn replacement. Growing conditions and how well a plant is established may affect it's ultimate size.

 

Texan Trailing Phlox

Phlox nivalis ssp. texensis  

An exceptionally rare species found only in 4 Texas counties, Texan Trailing Phlox is a low growing groundhugging perennial that produces clusters of deep fuchsia pink Thrift-like flowers held above the low trailing stems that are densely covered in short needle-like deep green foliage. The flowers attract butterflies large and small alike. This evergreen native perennial needs excellent drainage and is typically found growing on sandy pimple mounds. It can be used as a groundcover in the garden and landscape where soils have excellent drainage. Texan Trailing Phlox, Phlox nivalis ssp. texensis, also makes an easy and forgiving container plant with stems that can trail to 12" or more. In containers use a cactus-like mix and preferrably unglazed terra cotta containers. Item# 11966

Grows To: 6-9"H x 12-18"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Small clusters of 1" medium yellow lily-like flowers or born on tall slender, 3-5' spikes in fall well above the low light green rosettes of soft succulent narrow strap-like foliage. The Texas Craglily is a rare Texas native that is Texas tough and surprisingly cold tolerant considering it's native home is in the southern most tip of the panhandle. Drought tolerant and easy. Item# 10068.

Grows To: 12-18''H x 2-3'W foliage, 3-5'H flower spikes
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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The fuzzy dangling crimson flowers of this tough little trailing perennial are born throughout the warmer months of the year or all year long when grown indoors. Generally considered an annual, the Trailing Chenille Plant is actually a cold hardy and durable perennial suitable for full sun or light shade. It makes the perfect hanging basket plant or spiller for container gardens or trailing over walls where its fiery red catkins provide a continuous display of color. Item# 680.

Grows To: 8-12''H x 18-24''L
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade, Light shade

Trailing Violet, Australian Violet, Ivy-Leaved Violet, Tasmanian Trailing Violet

Viola banksii, V. hederacea, Erpetion hederaceum, E. reniforme, V. reniforme  

Produces brightly contrasting white and purple typical violet-shaped flowers from spring to fall to nearly year-round under warm tropical winter conditions. The Australian Trailing Violet makes a choice groundcover for moist shady areas or spilling up to 3-6' long from hanging baskets and containers. Prefers a moist, rich soil with shade during the hottest part of the day. Item# 682

Grows To: 4''H and spreading, trails to 3-6', space at 9-12
Outdoor Light: Part shade, Light shade, AM sun, Filtered shade

Tricolor Moses in the Cradle, Oyster Plant, Rhoeo

Tradescantia spathacea 'Tricolor', Rhoeo spathacea, Rhoeo discolor  

The Tricolor Moses in the Cradle or Oyster Plant is a durable clump forming evergreen with colorful pink, green, and cream variegated wide strap-like foliage that radiates from a low central stem. The folded leaves have a dark purplish reverse adding to the colorful show. Where hardy this makes a reliable low maintenance groundcover for well-drained, shady areas of the garden. It also makes an easy and low maintenance container specimen or addition to low to medium water mixed container gardens. Item# 11387

Grows To: 8-16''H x 12-16''W
Outdoor Light: AM sun, Part shade, Light shade
2.25 inch Pot / 9.7 fl.oz. / 287 ml
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Under the Sea Selfheal, Heal-all, Prunella

Prunella vulgaris 'Under the Sea'  

An easy groundcovering perennial, Under the Sea Selfheal produces fat spikes of dark bracts from which tubular purplish pink flowers emerge over an extended period from late spring and through early summer providing nectar to bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. This member of the mint family is easy to establish and requires little care once established in the garden as a groundcover beneath larger perennials or as a component of the meadow or prairie. Selfheal can be used to good effect spilling over walls or even in containers if you feel you need to contain it. Item# 11176

Grows To: 8-14"H x 18-24"W, space at 12" apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny

Violacea Silver Squill, Wood Hyacinth, Scilla

Ledebouria socialis 'Violacea'  

Loose hyacinth-like spikes of dainty green flowers with recurving petals and contrasting dark purple filaments and yellow stamens are held above the narrow silvery foliage with dark green spots and reddish-purple reverses in spring after a dry winter dormancy. This is an easy to grow dwarf scilla or squill, tentatively Ledebouria socialis 'Violacea' as there are many similar horticultural forms within this species, is a dwarf growing, evergreen herbaceous tropical succulent that grows from a thickened above ground bulb and readily multiplies happily filling its container. This should make an easy windowsill, porch, or patio plant where it receives bright indirect sunlight or a small amount of cool early morning or filtered sunlight. Provide this easy to grow plant with a well-drained, cactus-like soil and allow the soil to become moderately dry between waterings. If it gets too dry it will wilt to let you know but it readily recovers once moisture is applied. During active growth, average moisture is preferred and it can be allowed to remain a good deal dryer when dormant. We ship 3 or more bulbs actively growing in a 2.25" pot. Item# 12453

Grows To: 2-4"H x 6-8"W
Outdoor Light: Bright shade, Cool direct sunlight like early morning or very late evening, Filtered shade
2.25 inch Pot / 9.7 fl.oz. / 287 ml
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Wedelia, Yellow Creeping Ox-Eye Daisy, Yellow Dots

Wedelia trilobata, Sphagneticola trilobata  

1" golden yellow daisies sit atop the dark rich green foliage of this durable groundcover. Drought tolerant once established, Wedelia revels in the heat and sun creating a dense 8-12" high mass of foliage, stems and flowers. Evergreen in mild winter climates but may freeze to the ground in the northern portions of its range. Item# 718.

Grows To: 4-8''H+ and spreads
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade, Light shade

Clusters of creamy white, sometimes tinged pink, spidery flowers are produced atop short sturdy stems in late September and early October. The White Spider Lily is considered to be a hybrid Lycoris and is an easy addition to any sunny to semi-sunny well-drained soil in the garden or it can even be allowed to naturalize in the lawn. The narrow strap-like foliage appears once flowering has finished and grows through winter and the bulbs become dormant during summer. An easy heirloom that readily multiplies. 1 flowering size bulb per pot. Item# 11587

Grows To: 15-18"H at flowering, space 6-12" apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Winecups, Woodland Poppy Mallow

Callirhoe papaver  

Deep wine-red cupped flowers with contrasting creamy white stamens cover this durable native groundcover in spring with flowering often continuing well into mid-summer and flowering again in fall. Winecups make excellent choice where it can be allowed to naturalize or where it can be enjoyed spilling from large containers or over a wall. This tough native tap-rooted perennial reliably returns year after year and has been selected as a Plant Select® Award winner. Provide a full sun to partly shade site and Winecups are adaptable to soil types but prefer average moisture. Item# 9232

Grows To: 12-16"H x 3-4
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Woodland Painted Petals, Flowering Grass

Freesia laxa, Anomatheca laxa, A. cruenta, Lapeirousia laxa  

From flattened iris-like bluish-green fans emerge spikes of deep coral 1" wide flowers that have a contrasting splotch of dark orange-red at the base of the three lower petals that acts as a 'bee guide' and the flowers are produced over an extended period in late winter, early spring, to spring depending on your zone. Woodland Painted Petals or Flowering Grass, Freesia laxa, is an easily grown cormous heirloom perennial and RHS Award of Garden Merit winner which readily multiplies via seed to make a loose groundcover. Provide an average to well-drained soil in a full to partly sunny site for optimum vigor and flowering. Freesia laxa is suitable for container culture as well as in the garden and landscape. Naturally winter dormant. Typically 2-3 or more bulbs per pot. Item# 12370

Grows To: 8-12"H x 12"W space at about 6-12" apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
2.25 inch T / 9.7 fl.oz. / 287 ml
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Wood's Light Blue Dwarf New York Aster, Michaelmas Daisy

Symphyotrichum novi-belgii 'Wood's Blue', Aster novi-belgii  

Light blue narrow rays surround the eye of contrasting yellow disc flowers sit atop the neat mounds of foliage beginning in late summer and continuing into fall. The nectar rich flowers attract a variety of smaller pollinators. Wood's Light Blue New York Aster, a selection of Symphyotrichum novi-belgii or Aster novi-belgii, is a 8-12" x 8-12" compact selection of the species that is a good choice as a replacement for fall mums and can be enjoyed as both a container plant as well as near the front of the border in the garden and landscape. Provide a full to partly shaded site in an average moist, average to well-drained, fertile soil for optimum vigor and flowering. Caterpillar host: Field Crescent, Pearl Crescent, Texan Crescent, Roadside Checkerspot, Hoffman's Checkerspot, and American Lady. Images courtesy of North Creek Nurseries, all rights reserved. Item# 13151

Grows To: 8-12"H x 8-12"W, space about 8-12" apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Morning sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Texan Trailing Phlox

Phlox nivalis ssp. texensis  

An exceptionally rare species found only in 4 Texas counties, Texan Trailing Phlox is a low growing groundhugging perennial that produces clusters of deep fuchsia pink Thrift-like flowers held above the low trailing stems that are densely covered in short needle-like deep green foliage. The flowers attract butterflies large and small alike. This evergreen native perennial needs excellent drainage and is typically found growing on sandy pimple mounds. It can be used as a groundcover in the garden and landscape where soils have excellent drainage. Texan Trailing Phlox, Phlox nivalis ssp. texensis, also makes an easy and forgiving container plant with stems that can trail to 12" or more. In containers use a cactus-like mix and preferrably unglazed terra cotta containers. Item# 11966

Grows To: 6-9"H x 12-18"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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